root partition full

Colin Law clanlaw at
Tue Dec 20 20:09:00 UTC 2011

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.
>  df -Th | sort says:
> /dev/sda1     ext3     28G   26G  1.1G  96% /
> /dev/sda7     ext4     51G   13G   36G  27% /home
> Filesystem    Type    Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
> none      devtmpfs    4.0G  704K  4.0G   1% /dev
> none         tmpfs    4.0G     0  4.0G   0% /var/lock
> none         tmpfs    4.0G  432K  4.0G   1% /var/run
> none         tmpfs    4.0G  788K  4.0G   1% /dev/shm
> Is there something else I'm missing that I may be able to do to get the
> percentage down or is my / partition just too small?

Looking again at those they do not make sense.  df is showing / as 28G
but you say baobab shows it as 13.5G.  Are you sure you are reading
the baobab display correctly?  If you hover over the icons one will
say Scan Filesystem.  Click that and it will scan the whole lot (go
and have a cup of coffee) and show you where the space is used.


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