how to improve home disk space

Isak Enström isak.enstrom at
Sun Apr 15 13:23:09 UTC 2012

Den 15 april 2012 15:08 skrev Sid Boyce <sboyce at>:

> On 15/04/12 13:00, kubuntu-users-request at lists.**<kubuntu-users-request at>wrote:
>  Today's Topics: 1. Re: how to improve home disk space (Waleed Hamra)
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> Message: 1 Date: Sun, 15 Apr 2012 03:20:26 +0300 From: Waleed Hamra <
> kubuntu-users at> To: kubuntu-users at Subject: Re:
> how to improve home disk space Message-ID: <4F8A144A.7020404 at>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1" On 04/15/2012 02:25 AM,
> Steve Morris wrote:
>>> On 08/04/12 21:56, Rajubhai Ramvani wrote:
>>>> dear sir,
>>>>       when i upgrade any programme the massage is desplaying (disk
>>>> space full) or (low disk space). so how can we improve disk space so
>>>> in future we not want this type massage. i know the we can do this by
>>>> home folder empty.but what is proper solution.anybody can help me.
>>>> rajuramvani.
>>>>  Hi,
>>>     If we assume you only have one partition for Kubuntu, you could
>>> check the /tmp and /home/%userid%/tmp directories to see how much space
>>> is used in those and delete the contents, which may or may not release a
>>> fair amount of disk space. Linux is like windows, by default it doesn't
>>> clear temp directories, although having said this some distributions
>>> allocate /temp to a ram disk to simulate emptying at shutdown. If your
>>> Kubuntu is doing this there should be an entry in /etc/fstab assigning
>>> /tmp to tempfs.
>>> regards,
>>> Steve
>>>  on the contrary, /etc/init/mounted-tmp.conf would tell you otherwise,
>> the /tmp directory is deleted on every boot, regardless of mount type :)
>> as for OP, it would be greatly helpful if you would type the following
>> command in a terminal, and tell us the output:
>> df -h
>> that is assuming you do read this list, which i'm starting to doubt :\
>>  In the days of small disks I could see the need for separate hard drives
> and partitions for the likes of /home, /usr etc.
> With the availability of large hard drives it seemed pointless and even
> Solaris went away from the practice and assigned just / and swap.
> I have a small /boot partition on some systems dating back to when you
> needed to boot from sectors below 1024 and on some just / and swap.
> If I do a fresh install and I need to reformat / I'll tar up /home and
> save it for restoration later. Sometimes doing a fresh install without
> reformatting on systems that are way too downlevel to successfully upgrade
> also leaves /home unaffected.
> My setups are normally just / and swap.
> If I do an upgrade /home remains untouched.
> Some have said that there could be a problem if something bad happens to /
> but over many years the only time that has happened was when bad on-board
> IDE controllers wrote garbage all over the HD which meant that /home was
> also affected. This happened with at least 3 motherboards going back more
> than 12 years.
> I once questioned some friends why they did separate /home, /usr, etc.
> partitions effectively implementing small disks out a large disk and they
> couldn't answer. On their systems when they ran out of space on /home meant
> they had to create symlinks like crazy with
> "mkdir /xxx", "ln -s /xxx /home/user/xxx" to overcome the problem caused
> by slicing and dicing.
> Regards
> Sid.
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Having /home on a separate partition is good in case you need to reinstall
or upgrade. / doesn't have to be more than 15 GB in most cases, so it's not
like the /home partition will run out of space unless the HDD is really

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