root partition full

CJ Tres ctres at
Tue Dec 20 18:12:50 UTC 2011

On 12/20/2011 11:47 AM, Colin Law wrote:
> On 20 December 2011 17:32, CJ Tres<ctres at>  wrote:
>> I've followed the guide at
>> Unmounting all but system partitions,
>> I've run apt-get-clean and -autoclean along with --autoremove, emptied trash
>> in root and home and after I removed old kernels and headers I've reduced /
>> by 4%.
>> There are no large or numerous log files, although I did delete the oldest
>> ones in each group.
>> I did install doodle yesterday, which created a 20G directory in /var/lib.
>> As an experiment I moved that folder to another hd but the size of / wasn't
>> reduced, it's still 96% full! - 28G total 26G used 1.1G available. When I
>> tried to put it back there wasn't enough room.
>> Remaining directories are at or<  1%.
>> Analyzing the file system with disk usage analyzer (gksudo boabab) still
>> reports root as 100% full (after doing the above steps) and the size as
>> 13.5G, home as 62.3% full - 8.4G, /usr as 27.5% at 3.7G and /var - 4,5% -
>> 617.1 MB.
> If you scan root using baobab you will find where all the space is
> used.  With the basic system installed it should not take more than 7
> or 8 GB.  Probably less.
> Colin

Maybe this is where I'm confused. In my last paragraph I stated Baobab's 
numbers even though df -h says it's only 96% full.
What am I missing?

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