Constipated Ibex

kyle.smith kyle.smith at
Fri Apr 10 22:04:47 UTC 2009

Franz Waldmüller wrote: 

	Nigel Henry schrieb:

		On Thursday 09 April 2009 17:39, Brian McKee wrote:

			On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 11:42 PM, Matthew Flaschen
			<matthew.flaschen at> <mailto:matthew.flaschen at>  wrote:

				Brian McKee wrote:

					On Wed, Apr 8, 2009 at 1:02 PM, Pete Clapham <pc44062 at> <mailto:pc44062 at>  wrote:

					Hi, all --
					My server using Intrepid appears to have a constipated  root directory.
					Here is the output from the df -h.  As you can see, the / drive is 100%

					find is your friend.....
					 sudo find / -type f -size +50000k -exec ls -lh {} \; |less

				That will only find single files larger than 50000. It won't find, for
				instance, a folder full of 1 MB log files.
				I would just do:
				du / --max-depth=3
				It will take a while to run, but should give you a clearer picture.

			Granted - I should have explained it better.  I just figured if he's
			out in excess of a hundred gig than there must be some rather large
			files involved....

	a grat tool to analyse the file system is ncdu (run from the command line)
	sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ncdu
	to run type
	ncdu /
	with the arrow and enter keys you can
	I don't know if root privileges are required to scan /
	wish you luck

OK.  This seems to have showed something.  The constipated directory appears to be /lib/modules, of which there are the following directories:

drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2009-01-28 13:30 2.6.27-11-generic
drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 2009-04-09 07:37 2.6.27-11-server
drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 2009-01-25 15:35 2.6.27-7-server
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2009-01-25 15:01 2.6.27-9-generic
drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 2009-01-25 15:36 2.6.27-9-server

The numbers look like kernels to me, but I'm not sure.  Can I delete all of these?  Any of these?  Can you tell me what they are?


Those directories shouldn't be too large, can you show the output of `du --max-depth -h /lib/modules`?  Deleting these directories will cause the corresponding kernels to becomes fairly useless. 
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