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Month: March 2018

Re: [trinity-users] my vanishing root partition

From: William Morder <doctor_contendo@...>
Date: Mon, 19 Mar 2018 07:40:21 -0700

On Monday 19 March 2018 06:23:15 Steven D'Aprano wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 05:10:15AM -0700, William Morder wrote:
> > Okay, so riddle me this: Why does space on my root partition keep
> > disappearing?
> When you say root partition, I assume you mean that /home is a separate
> partition.
My /dev/sda is set up like so: 
sda1 /
sda2 swap
sda3 /home

> Check for anything unusual in the logs. What do they say?
Checking logs will take a while, but will get to that. I will look 
into .xsession-errors first. I sometimes log into konqueror as root, just for 
troubleshooting, but I don't leave it open. 

> One you might not think of is .xsession-errors, which is normally in
> your home directory. If you are logged into a GUI as root, you could
> have /root/.xsession-errors too. I once had one grow large enough to
> fill my home partition in a matter of hours. I don't remember what was
> causing it, sorry, but if you find the .xsession-errors file is huge,
> you can always read it and see what it says.
> (I'm assuming the systemd hasn't eliminated .xsession-errors, like
> they've eliminated everything else pure and good in the world...)
Yes, systemd is a sure sign that Doomsday is approaching:

> Check for file system corruption.
> Run smartctrl to check the disk. Suppose your root partition is on
> /dev/sda, I would run something like:
> # basic health check
> smartctl -H -d ata /dev/sda
> # short test
> smartctl -t short -C -d ata /dev/sda
> smartctl -a /dev/sda
> smartctl isn't the easiest or most intuitive program in the world, make
> sure you read some tutorials first. Try this one:
> If you're running solid state disks, there's probably no point: in
> general, they either work, or die, with nothing in between.
> If you've eliminated everything else -- emptied all caches, no file
> system corruption or bad disks, no unusual entries in the logs etc --
> then you may have to consider the possibility that you've been hacked,
> despite all your security. If somebody is using your computer for
> bitcoin mining, that might do it: the block chain exceeded 100GB a few
> years ago.
> Yes, that's 100 gigabytes. Or simply storing their warez on your
> computer, like it's 1999 again :-)

I did have a problem where Firefox kept freezing my computer, or disconnecting 
me; but once I changed to Icecat, it my computer has been purring like a