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Since I've updated to 11.10, my home partition keeps filling itself up to full, but I have no idea what it is that is doing it. I've managed to remove about 28gb (35gb capacity on the partition) but it keeps getting full without me even doing anything!

This is causing me issues as I cannot listen to any music, or even log back into my system if I log out again. I get no warnings from Ubuntu that the partition is getting full, so my system suddenly becomes sluggish.

The Disk Usage Analyser doesn't give anyway anything suspicious that's sticking out to me that's climbing in disk usage.

Edit: After running the command

du -sch $HOME/.[a-z]*

I've just noticed a rather large file...

26G /home/tom/.xsession-errors

Surely this shouldn't be that large!

Edit 2: I did

cat .xsession-errors | less

on the file, and it's filled with lines like this:

11:15:10.436 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors
11:15:10.436 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors
11:15:10.436 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors
11:15:10.436 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors
11:15:10.436 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors
11:15:10.436 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors
11:15:10.436 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors
11:15:10.436 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors
11:15:10.437 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors
11:15:10.437 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors
11:15:10.437 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors
11:15:10.437 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors
11:15:10.437 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors
11:15:10.437 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors
11:15:10.437 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors
11:15:10.437 I [fsevents:287] got event 2 with cookie 0 on 1748: /home/tom//.xsession-errors

Edit 3: Issue seems to be with the Spotify native client writing to the .xsession-errors file. I've reported the bug here: http://getsatisfaction.com/spotify/topics/spotify_is_writing_an_obscene_amount_of_information_to_error_file

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what does DUL give, because AFAIK it shows which folder/file uses what amount of disk! Any screenshot? –  Stefano Mtangoo Oct 16 '11 at 12:39
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Can you post the output of running the command du -sch $HOME/.[a-z]* from a terminal? That should give a hint of what is using most space. –  Riccardo Murri Oct 16 '11 at 12:40
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install iotop and run in terminal 'iotop -o' to see what is writing data. 'q' to stop –  duffydack Oct 16 '11 at 12:41
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Have you encrypted your home directory? Have you checked hidden folders like ~/.cache? –  Lekensteyn Oct 16 '11 at 12:41
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Do you have ubuntuone installed? dropbox? Where did you remove the 28gb from? What folders did you remove? –  Bruno Pereira Oct 16 '11 at 12:45

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Running iotop -o shows spotify writing at a constant 6.53mb/s. Something is causing spotify to raise the errors and write to the .xsession-errors log file.

Error has been reported to spotify here: http://getsatisfaction.com/spotify/topics/spotify_is_writing_an_obscene_amount_of_information_to_error_file

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