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Re: [trinity-users] my vanishing root partition

From: "Dr. Nikolaus Klepp" <office@...>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:26:39 +0100
Am Montag, 19. März 2018 schrieb William Morder:
> Okay, so riddle me this: Why does space on my root partition keep 
> disappearing? 
> 
> I first noticed something weird with k3b. I tried to change the theme to 
> something I liked better, and was asked to make a tmp 
> folder: /tmp/kde-<USERNAME> 
> So I did this, but every time I reboot, the same problem occurs, and I have to 
> go through these steps manually, again and again. 
> 
> Then I got the bright idea to create the partition myself by command-line, 
> anticipating the problem: sudo mkdir /tmp/kde-<USERNAME> And the first time I 
> did this, it worked; but after reinstalling my system (some months ago), I 
> have the same problem again, and nothing works to fix it. 
> 
> This, however, is just the tip of the iceberg. Something keeps eating space on 
> my root partition. I used to have over 1 gb to spare, but this kept 
> shrinking, even when I wasn't installing anything new. Now kdf tells me that 
> I am down to 262 mb of space left on my root partition (on a fresh reboot); 
> this, I predict - based on past experience - will gradually shrink down to 0 
> over a couple days. 
> 
> (This, by the way, is why I want to resize my root partition with gparted, 
> slacko, Parted Magic, whatever, so that I have more room to wiggle. I used to 
> allot at least 25-30 gb for my root partition; but then I thought, hey, I've 
> got my system pretty well set up, and won't be downloading much of anything 
> new, and I'm very hygienic about cleaning out extraneous unnecessary crap. 
> The newer distros, though, use up more and more space on the root partition, 
> just because they can; due to the fact that hard drives are getting bigger 
> and cheaper - even though not all of us can afford to go out and buy a new 
> one right now.)  
> 
> And there's more. For example: I tried burning the gparted live iso image to a 
> CD, and k3b tells me "SUCCESS!"; but when I load the disc, it tells me it's 
> empty. Also, when I have been downloading stuff to other drives (not root), I 
> can watch kdf show my root partition shrinking at a rate of 1 mb every few 
> minutes; or when I copy files from one hard drive to another, the same thing 
> happens. 
> 
> There are lots of other little things like this, which seem to point to the 
> same problem, but you get the general idea. I would like to blame this on 
> systemd or something like that (and it's true that systemd seems to interfere 
> with shutdowns and reboots); but I am trying to keep an open mind, as it 
> could be another problem. 
> 
> All in all, something is eating space on my root partition, but I can't track 
> down the culprit. My antivirus is up-to-date; my firewall blocks EVERYTHING 
> outgoing and only allows secure, encrypted connections on a few ports. I keep 
> watching for some kind of activity that might show me what's going on, but so 
> far it's a mystery. 
> 
> I'm intending to resize my root partition back to 30 gb. (Everything's already 
> backed up and ready to go.) But if this is a different, bigger problem, I 
> would like to sort that out first. 
> 
> Anybody have a clue what's happening? 
> 
> I will be eternally grateful, or at least I'll be grateful for a pretty long 
> time. 
> 
> Bill

Hi!

guess you never cleared the apt archive:

# apt-get clean

then you might look at the usual suspects:

# di -sch /*

or in konqueror, go to / or /home and select "View/View Mode/File size view" ...

nik



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