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I was compiling the kernel 3.2 when it was taken more time than the walkthrough indicated. So I cancelled it, realizing that it took 5 gb of hard drive space. I deleted all the kernel folders downloaded but that still didn't recover the space. Any suggestions?

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Can you post the output of df? Also the relevant bits from your bash history - downloading, extracting, compiling and deleting. – Danny Staple Dec 25 '11 at 16:09
I'm sorry, but I don't know what "df" stands for. – rockr101 Dec 25 '11 at 16:34
"disk free". Type it at a console to see your free disk space. Generally "df -h" to get it in "human" form. – Danny Staple Dec 25 '11 at 16:34
'Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda5 22G 11G 11G 49% / udev 866M 4.0K 866M 1% /dev tmpfs 350M 796K 349M 1% /run none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock none 875M 1.7M 873M 1% /run/shm ' – rockr101 Dec 25 '11 at 16:40
i 'think' when you abort compilation the temporary stuff, not sure if in /tmp or /var/tmp resides there. and yes, kernel compilation can take a while, depends on how much you want to built into the kernel (or as a module) and how fast your computer is. – Baarn Dec 25 '11 at 16:41
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By delete did you mean from the GUI file browser or rm -rf from the console? If it's the former than all those files are in the trash and you need to empty it to reclaim the space. The build is self-contained, if you truly wiped out the git/build tree then everything associated with the build is gone.

This is the procedure I use to build kernels:

Most users usually don't have a good reason to build their own kernel, unless you're into tweaking that is in which case have a blast :-).

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