suddenly filling of hd and no access to x

Andrew Farris flyindragon1 at
Tue Sep 22 04:47:24 UTC 2009

On Mon, 2009-09-21 at 22:35 -0400, Accessys at wrote:
> On Mon, 21 Sep 2009, Andrew Farris wrote:
> > Define "can't get root". you mean from the liveCD, you can't get a root
> > terminal, or you cant access your root drive from the LiveCD?
> won't accept my password.

ah... I take it that this means you are trying to 'log in as root',
which is disabled on ubuntu. However, you can still get a root terminal
by doing "sudo su" <return> type in your login password <return>. from a
liveCD, you dont need any password...just typing "sudo su" <return> gets
you a root terminal.

either that or you mean sudo wont accept your password any more. if this
is the case, you would need to check your "/etc/sudoers" file with "sudo
visudo" to make sure you're still in there.
> > Also, you said that ls "doesn't tell you anything". Does this mean that
> > ls has no output? (Also, try "ls -al" to see if maybe that gives you
> > something)
> will try ls -al but while I can read things I don't recognize anything
> that appears suspicious.  I know doesn't mean anything but lotta stuff
> there and gotta be looking for something.

Understood. I think trying that "sudo du /var | sort -nr | head -10"
command as suggested by NoOp would be good. you could also run it in
other directories too to see where all this space went to.

While you're at it, it might be worthwhile to check your partitions w/
"sudo fdisk -l" or gparted on the liveCD, and make sure that the
partitions look right. If they dont, this could also be a cause of your
'disappearing space'

more later...

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