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  1. #1

    Angry HELP!! No disk space?

    I can't get X to start...apparently this has something to do with "/" having no free space. How can I recover my data from /Home using the shell? I'd like to back it up to my network server (Win2K) but I'm not sure how to access that from the shell either. Would I be able to access my files on this drive if I install another HD (master to my current) and reinstall Mandriva there?

  2. #2
    Update... deleted a bunch of junk out of /tmp, still shows 0 free space on verbose startup. Also says something about Dazuko and that it can't open default font "fixed".

  3. #3
    What distribution of linux are you using? Can you provide me the partition details so that i can help you. Regarding the font "fixed" issue, does the screen reads something like

    Fatal server error:
    could not open default font 'fixed'
    Could not init font path element unix/:7100, removing from list!

    while you start X server?

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  5. #4
    Mandriva 2006 Powerpack

    from df -H
    /dev/hda1 6.2GB 6.0GB used 0 avail /
    /dev/hda6 114GB 12GB used 102GB avail /home

    Error msgs:
    could not init font path element unix/:-1, removing from list
    fatal server error:
    could not open default font 'fixed'

  6. #5
    Can you provide me the output of

    command : du -sh /*
    fdisk -l
    do it as root

  7. #6
    If your drive is really full, clear the /var/log/messages file. It is probably huge and most of its content obsolete by now). You can do this e.g. using a live-CD if you prefer to do it that way instead of doing it from cli.
    Windows free since 2002 | computing since 1984

  8. #7
    Deleted /var/log/messages file. Still 0.

    from du -sh /*:
    5.5M /bin
    3.0M /boot
    432K /dead.letter
    2.6M /dev
    51M /etc
    12G /home
    8.0K /initrd
    34M /lib
    16K /lost+found
    12K /mnt
    311M /opt
    513M /proc
    4.0M /root
    7.5M /sbin
    0 /sys
    36K /tmp
    4.8G /usr
    375M /var

    from fdisk -l:
    /dev/hda1 * 1-764 6136798+ 83 Linux
    /dev/hda2 765-14946 113916915 5 Extended
    /dev/hda5 765-904 1124518+ 82 Linux swap/Solaris
    /dev/hda6 905-14946 112792333+ 83 Linux

  9. #8
    4.8 GB at /usr? wow...

    I guess you will need to delete some files at your /home partition in order to get the beast running again. If you have a Knoppix CD or a USB bootable distro like DSL, you can use them for copying/burning stuff onto CDs and/or cleaning up the drive. Other option: Use a second computer, mount full drive in a network and clean the drive.
    Windows free since 2002 | computing since 1984

  10. #9


    Thanks for the Knoppix tip...I'm keeping my Knoppix CD in with my other restore/backup DVDs. I was able to back up the files I needed to keep, now I'm doing a fresh reinstall. I'm not installing the things I know I won't need (Gnome, IceWM, etc.) and now I know better than to extract to /tmp!

    Thanks, everyone, I really appreciate the help!

  11. #10
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    México, Morelos

    Lightbulb my experience with Mand...

    Im using linux from Mandrake 9, and i have some problems with the default instalation too. This instalation make a partition to root directory( / ) and other to the home dir.

    Usually i have problems with PostgreSql, when i tried to make large query request. So, i decide install the partition with the graphic tool and chose all HD space for root directory and no home partition (use the clasical directory tree).

    Actualy i use Mandriva 2006 and with these instalation, and active the auto delete /tmp directory every time when i boot, and i have no more disk space problems.


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