[xubuntu-users] Free Disk space issue

Dave Dodge dododge at dododge.net
Wed Nov 11 20:54:31 UTC 2015

On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 11:49:04AM -0800, John R. Sowden wrote:
> On 11/11/2015 11:36 AM, S├ębastien wrote:
>> On 11 Nov 2015 19:08, "John R. Sowden" wrote:
>>> Below is a 'properties' window of my root directory.  How can I have
>>> 15.7 GB of a 21GB partition used, yet only have 785MB free?

> john at sentry15:~$ df -h
> Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
> /dev/sda3        20G   18G  1.1G  95% /

Adding those up leaves about 5% unaccounted for.  This is normal for
ext4, especially for "/".  When the filesystem is created it reserves
5% of the space for root processes, so that non-root processes can't
completely fill the filesystem and prevent repair tools or log daemons
from running.

                              -Dave Dodge/dododge at dododge.net

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