No space left on device - bug?

Asif Iqbal vadud3 at
Mon Aug 8 15:39:03 UTC 2011


I am been noticing this odd error in my ubunut 11.04 64bit.

iqbala at ghar-iqbala:~$ cat file
this is a file
iqbala at ghar-iqbala:~$ tail file
this is a file
iqbala at ghar-iqbala:~$ tail -f file
this is a file
tail: cannot watch `file': No space left on device

I do not have any resource issue. Any suggestion what could be causing
it?  It clears for few mins followed by a reboot. And then re-appears.

iqbala at ghar-iqbala:~$ top

top - 11:34:42 up  1:36,  5 users,  load average: 0.13, 0.24, 0.27
Tasks: 187 total,   4 running, 182 sleeping,   0 stopped,   1 zombie
Cpu(s): 10.6%us, 11.3%sy,  0.7%ni, 76.2%id,  1.2%wa,  0.0%hi,  0.0%si,  0.0%st
Mem:   8094272k total,  7857888k used,   236384k free,   233272k buffers
Swap:  8284156k total,       20k used,  8284136k free,  3797280k cached

iqbala at ghar-iqbala:~$ df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1             680G  313G  334G  49% /
none                  3.9G  696K  3.9G   1% /dev
none                  3.9G  8.3M  3.9G   1% /dev/shm
none                  3.9G  120K  3.9G   1% /var/run
none                  3.9G     0  3.9G   0% /var/lock
                      680G  313G  334G  49% /home/iqbala

iqbala at ghar-iqbala:~$ uname -a
Linux ghar-iqbala 2.6.38-10-generic #46-Ubuntu SMP Tue Jun 28 15:07:17
UTC 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

iqbala at ghar-iqbala:~$ lsb_release -a
LSB Version:	core-2.0-amd64:core-2.0-noarch:core-3.0-amd64:core-3.0-noarch:core-3.1-amd64:core-3.1-noarch:core-3.2-amd64:core-3.2-noarch:core-4.0-amd64:core-4.0-noarch
Distributor ID:	Ubuntu
Description:	Ubuntu 11.04
Release:	11.04
Codename:	natty

Asif Iqbal
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A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?

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