50 gig slash went from 25 gig to 50 gigs- full over night

Paul Howarth paul at city-fan.org
Sat Apr 22 20:58:54 UTC 2006

On Sat, 2006-04-22 at 14:25 -0600, Jim Christiansen wrote:
> Hello,  My server system has gone from its slash drive being  50% full to 
> 100% over night-
> [root at christiansens ~]# df -h
> Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
> /dev/sda1              48G   48G     0 100% /
> I've looked at the size of every directory in slash and they all add up to 
> about 25 gigs or so...
> /home is on another partition.
> Where did all of the space go to in /dev/sda1??
> I did rename a mount point in fstab to a new name and made a dir in slash to 
> mount it to but I'm sure that this didn't have anything to do with my 
> current trouble.  The system did restart several times since the rename to 
> the new mount point with out any issure...  Then this morning...  slash is 
> 100% full.
> I run this as an ltsp server based on FC5 and none of my clients will boot 
> with slash being 100% full.
> Ideas??

Perhaps you forgot to mount the new partition before copying things over
to it? Then you mounted it, found nothing there and copied it over
again. That would leave you with a lot of files "hidden" under the
mounted directory.


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