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So it appears I have two kernels in my Grub 2.6.28-13 (Default) 2.6.28-11 The first time I booted I assume I went into 2.6.28-13 and that's when it said it ...
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    My Ubuntu install is messed up (Cannot write authorization file and free space)


    So it appears I have two kernels in my Grub
    2.6.28-13 (Default)
    2.6.28-11

    The first time I booted I assume I went into 2.6.28-13 and that's when it said it could not write the file, the secong time I am not sure what I used but it logged in, but when I did it said I had no free space. The third time I logged it it didn't login, it said the same message. The forth time I was using 2.6.28-11 and it logged in again but still said I had no free space.

    So I cannot login and when I do it says I have no free space.

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    This can sometimes happen with an overgrown log file (which is usually caused by a cyclic error) or the tmp directory hasn't been cleared in a while.

    Try booting from the CD, then check out the hard drive for space leeches. The suspect directories are /tmp (incl. /usr/tmp and /var/tmp) and /var/log.

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    What do you mean space leeches?

    The drive has free space but it isn't being reported.

    I was using EXT2FSD to access the drive from Vista (probably the cause of the problem) and it reports ~4 GB free...

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    Okay, that's a bit odd, but I'd still go with a live CD boot then run df -h to see if Linux agrees with Windows.

    If you're writing to the Linux partition from Windows, you may want to run a fsck on the Linux partition as well. It may turn out to be a discrpency between the inode info and the journal.

    If the disk tests clean and verifies 4GB free yet you still have free space errors preventing you from booting...

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    I think I already ran a fsck on the partition from Ubuntu's recovery mode.

    What does df- h do?

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    "Disk Free" "-Human Readable"

    It shows you how much free space there is on each mounted partition.

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    df -h said there was no space free.

    I deleted some files freeing space and now Ubuntu says I have 10.6 GB free, but Windows says I have 17.9 GB free...

    The DF Command
    If all these inodes become used, a file system cannot store any more files even though there may be free disk space.
    I wonder if that's my problem why the free space that Ubuntu sees is less than there is?

    Arch Linux Forums / "No Space Left on Device" (df -h shows 45GB free!!)
    ext(3|4) by default reserves 5% for root user
    That must be why I could still edit my menu.list to make Vista the default in Grub...

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    Does Windows actually see ext3 filesystems now? It never did before.
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    Not by itself, but there are 3rd party drivers available. He's using a recent open source one:
    Ext2fsd / Ext2 File System Driver for Windows | Get Ext2 File System Driver for Windows at SourceForge.net

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    Ya, I am using EXT2FSD, did I mention that in another thread, how did you know that's what I used?

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