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Re: [trinity-users] my vanishing root partition

From: William Morder <doctor_contendo@...>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 05:56:01 -0700

On Monday 19 March 2018 05:26:39 Dr. Nikolaus Klepp wrote:
> 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

Other suggestions: the command  (I am supposing) 
# di -sch /*
returns 
bash: di: command not found

What is di? command? software package to download? 

And konqueror returns this information: 
"FSView intentionally does not support automatic updates when changes are
made to files or directories, currently visible in FSView, from the outside."

I opened konqueror as root, and am reviewing info now. I have a picture of my 
hard drive, but so far nothing unusual. (I've seen this before, but haven't 
done it in a while.) 

Bill