[xubuntu-users] Free Disk space issue

John R. Sowden jsowden at americansentry.net
Thu Nov 12 00:06:51 UTC 2015

The process makes sense, although 5% of a 3TB drive sounds like overkill.

Thank you,


On 11/11/2015 12:54 PM, Dave Dodge wrote:
> 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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