Backups completely filling root drive.
tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk
Tue Sep 26 16:16:21 UTC 2006
On Tue, 2006-09-26 at 09:37 -0500, Larry Alkoff wrote:
> I have effectively destroyed two Kubuntu 6.0.6 installations while
> attempting to copy to a mounted backup drive using cp -a. When the copy
> finishes, df says there is 0 space left in my / partition and I don't
> know why. The / partition is normally 10 gig with 3.5 gig used.
> Now that I'm working with my 3rd install, I'd like to try and find out
> what happened.
> I have a feeling it has to do with the fact that the target drive is
> mounted under /mnt/name but I don't see why that should have anything to
> do with the space on the source partition.
Have you looked to see where all the space on the root partition has
gone? You can use du for this, e.g.,
du -sh *
will give you a summary of each top directory in /. You can drill down
to find further information.
Does the copy complete successfully and are all the files you expect
Output from a mount command or df plus the exact command you used might
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