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I copied photos onto my notebook hard drive and got a warning of limited hard drive space...I continued to copy photos onto my hard dirve. I got a message that the space limit was reached an no more photos could be copied onto the hard drive.
I restarted my notebook and the initial Ubuntu page could not load due to lack of memory. I tried to start-up in safe mode, buit to no avail. I guess that will mean that I uninstall Ubuntu completely and reinstall it again. I have all important stuff backed up in case I need to unistall Ubuntu. My screen is black at the moment with my computer name prompting for the password. When I type in the password I get a message" the configuration defaults for GNOME Power Manager have not been installed correctly. See administrator." I tried Crtl-Alt-F1 as suggested. I put in my laptop login and password...message now is: hylton@hylton:~$
Where do I go from here?

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In the future, if a question gets closed due to lack of details you can edit that question and have it re-opened, instead of creating a new question. – Marco Ceppi Sep 13 '10 at 12:22
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that is your home directory.i.e. /home/hylton Now. Do the stuff like clean up image with

cd Pictures/


rm *.jpg 

given your pictures are in the folder Pictures.

Or just copy your images from the location to some external storage device.

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Thanks for your help...much appreciated! – namkid Sep 22 '10 at 20:59

There are several things you can do. There is no need to immediately jump into a reinstall. You can (now that you're in the command prompt) delete the various directories which are full of photos and other un-needed files. To do so you'll need to navigate to those directories and run the delete command.

This falls under the classification of "Basic Bash" but you'll mainly be using cd, ls, and rm. For the example we'll assume you've placed the Photographic content in your "Pictures" directory.

cd ~/Pictures
rm *.jpg

That will go into the Pictures directory, show a list of all the files, then it will delete all jpg files - the last part of the command will very depending on your file formats. If you wanted to delete all files in that directory just use an * if you wanted to delete all files and sub-folders you'll need to use rm -r * Be very careful when using the rm command it's permanent

If you are feeling a little more impatient you can just remove the entire Pictures directory like so:

cd ~
rm -rf Pictures

At any time you can check the diskspace you have available on your machine by typing df -h which will print out relevant diskspace information. Once you've cleaned space off you can run several other commands to help clear up diskspace:

sudo apt-get clean

Which will clear your package cache and free up additional diskspace.

Issue a restart of your computer and everything should come back up. If not you'll likely have some corrupt configurations on your machine and need to reinstall packages.

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Thanks Ubuntu running as strong as ever! – namkid Sep 22 '10 at 20:58

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