Covers questions related to file space usage—space used under a particular directory or files on a file system.

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Why does Ubuntu become unresponsive during high IO (read/write) operations?

Two example cases: Example 1: Mount an external unencrypted drive (GPT, ext4) and copy a 8GB file from my computer's SSD (GPT, ext4) -> The whole GUI will become unresponsive. No input devices work. ...
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mysql not starting

I have a server running on rackspace.com, it been running for about a year (collecting data for a project) and no problems. Now it seems mysql froze (could not connect either through ssh command line, ...
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How to recover disk space that is not visibly available?

I have an Ubuntu 11.04 64 bit development image running on VirtualBox. I have been doing some house keeping on the disk space because it was getting low. The drive is a 26GB drive. I have about 4.7 GB ...
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Lost 5GB of free space after using BleachBit [closed]

i've been using BleachBit to clean up free space on my laptops HDD, and also on my encrypted portable HDD. and i've got same problem on both devices. Bleachbit was running very long, i left it ...
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Updating to linux-image-3.2.0-26-generic occupies all disk space

I just ran a normal update through the update manager that wanted to update me to linux-image-3.2.0-26-generic. The installation paused halfway with a message that the root was full. I checked the ...
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free space inconsistency

I'm running ubuntu 14.04. It keeps telling that I'm running out of space. On the left my screenshot says that I have 6.3 GB free, but on the right it says 300MB. What is going on? How can I fix it? ...
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Ubuntu thinks btrfs disk is full but its not

cat /etc/fstab # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass> UUID=a168d1ac-4e13-4643-976d-6e47ea1732b1 /boot ext2 defaults ...
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How to make Ubuntu use the entire partition?

I have a partition for Windows (sda2) and one for Ubuntu (sda3). I've installed Ubuntu from Windows with the Windows Ubuntu installer (Wubi) and set an installation size of 13GB (I guess). ...
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How to find out the amount of hard drive space consumed by installed programs? [duplicate]

I was wondering if there is any way to see all the installed programs as well as the hard drive space used by any particular program?
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How do I delete files in /usr? [duplicate]

I have filled my disk but can see games in /usr that I could delete but can't see how to do it. I am not a computer buff and have no idea what a terminal is.
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How can I free up disk space by removing files that aren't needed?

How can we free disk space by removing unwanted data on the system? How do we detect that the files are not necessary for the programs to work?
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VirtualBox drive does not expand automatically

I have a strange problem with my VDI based drive in VirtualBox, which is that the drive does not expand and this has for some reason also resulted in my x not being able to load. df -H Filesystem ...
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After uninstalling wine some of the free space is 'locked'?

I have installed Wine just to play with it (and installed a game that had approx 7-8 GB) and now I have uninstalled Wine and removed it configs and I am left with these 7-8 GB less free space than I ...
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wrong disk usage report on / [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is taking up so much space on my disk, beside the filesystem? I asked this on stackoverflow, but maybe here is a better place. On my ubuntu 11.10, /dev/sda3 ...
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How to view all mounted devices and respective free space

I have Ubuntu 11.10 and I don't see My Computer option in Nautilus. I want this option so that I can view the disk statistics. Is there any other way to list all mounted devices and their respective ...
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What are the different types of directories do we have?

I wanted to know the difference between root and home directories. How do I reallocate some more space to for faster functioning of the Virtualbox, the other OS that I have is Windows XP ? Thank you!
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disk full — deleting files does not work

My hard disk is so full that I cannot even download a 2 page pdf file from the internet. This is surprising because I don't have very much on this computer (just pdfs from work). More surprising is ...
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10 GB files in home folder due to hidden files

I am using Ubuntu 13.04. My home folder is full of hidden files like .Xauthority.XTMZZW, .Xauthority.VEBCZW, .goutputstream-0H5NTW and some of these files are uninstalled software related files but ...
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How does the automatic installation work with free space?

I want to install Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) I have Windows 7 installed, so I unallocated some disk space (~20gb). I have used other versions of Ubuntu and in those versions there was an option ...
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Why does MOTD and “landscape-sysinfo” show different disk usage to “df”?

I have several drives on my server mounted separately. They are getting close to full. When I ssh to my server, motd reports disk usage, for example: => /home is using 89.3% of 916.89GB But if I ...
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Why does Nautilus show a file and its hard link as bigger than just the file?

When I create a hard link to a 2 KB file (called fun), Nautilus shows this hard link (called fun-hard) as a file with the same size. These two files are pointing to same inode so their combined ...
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Problem with ~/.cache/upstart

I'm not experienced at all with Ubuntu yet and I know there are lots of things I have to learn, but I'm kinda puzzled about this one. I just got (suddenly after a reboot) a free disk space warning ...
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/root partition full

I have a Desktop PC that I rarely use. Today I booted up this PC to do the updates and to organize some folders but reading my conky I saw that the / (root) partition is almost full. I have 23 GB of ...
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can I install ubuntu in a 3.5 GB mini pc

I have a mini pc which only have 3.5GB disk space. And I really wish to install linux Ubuntu in top of it. Any recommendation?
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Root partition size remains same after partition resize with gparted

I had resized my root partition from 30gb to 70gb using gparted. But Ubuntu still shows that I have the same old disk size while gparted shows that I acually have 70gb and that the other 40gb is ...
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Places opens in Disk Usage Analyzer in Ubuntu 13.04

I have updated my ubuntu from 12.10 to latest Ubuntu 13.04. everything is fine but when i go to Places and click any place, it opens in Disk Usage Analyzer by default and i found no way to either stop ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 recognizes me only 3GB of free space

I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 64-bits and it worked perfectly (during days), until now. Suddenly several error messages coming from anywhere tell me that I have no free space on the disk. And now the ...
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Thunderbird filling up GBs of disk space

I have dedicated 5GB of space for my home folder. I have 6 email boxes and when I add them to Thunderbird it downloads everything from them and fills up the whole home folder (3-4GB). This is ...
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/tmp shows 690 Mb full, actual size 72 K, Why?

Why is /tmp diretory on my system showing 690 Mb full, whereas du -sh /tmp shows only 72K full? drwxrwxrwt 2 lightdm lightdm 4096 Aug 29 21:49 at-spi2 drwx------ 2 ankit ankit 4096 Aug 29 21:50 ...
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Low disk space “Filesystem root”

Running 11.04 Low disk space warning. Results of df: Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda2 31381148 10417896 19390492 35% / none ...
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How can I tell the Ubuntu installer to use another partition?

When I'm getting here: The installer won't let me install because it doesn't determine the D: partition. It complains that there is not enough space on the C: partition. How can I tell the ...
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What does the grey slice in disk usage represent?

When I right click on Properties for my ext4 partition I get the following pie chart: The meaning of the blue and white slices are fairly obvious, since they are in the legend to the right, but ...
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Get total diskspace usign du for multiple directories

I know about du -sh which gives me total disk space used for given directory. My problem is the directories I am interested are scattered in lot of subdirectories. I have right "find" command that ...
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Find out which file a process is writing when PID changes all the time

Using tools like iotop one can monitor the i/o of individual processes which is fine, but you do not find out which directory a process writes into. If the PID would always be the same that would not ...
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Missing 50GB on my 100Gb harddrive

I have a 128GB harddrive formatted with the btrfs. However, for some reason I'm missing around half of the disk space. Do any of you have any idea of how to fix it? See this screenshot for details ...
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On which hard-drive is the home folder? (Using a USB Boot Disk)

First time using linux/ubuntu, so pardon the noobiness. I created a boot disk and booted from it using the 'try' method. I've barely done anything and I'm getting error messages stating that I have ...
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Why do du -sh and the file manager disagree?

I would like to know why the directory sizes I get when I execute du -sh disagree from the ones the file manager shows. What do they do differently and how big is my data really? I am not so much ...
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btrfs: not enough free disk space, but device not fully used

I'm using btrfs for my home directory, which spans multiple devices. In total I should have around 7.3TB of space - and that's what df shows, but I ran out of space after using only 5.7TB of data: # ...
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Not enough space left in the hard drive. How to proceed? [closed]

Where do I begin... I can hardly do anything on Ubuntu 12.04. I am very close to removing and returning to Windows. First I could not load it because the graphics appeared to be running low but ...
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Fixing Two key events on single key press by xmodmap

I'm using a Dell Latitude D620. Whenever I press the space key, the down arrow key is also triggered to perform its action. Here is the log: KeyPress event, serial 30, synthetic NO, window 0x3200001, ...
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Why does 12.04 upgrade abort with out of space error when I have lots of it?

When upgrading Ubuntu from 11.10 to 12.04 I discovered an unexpected problem. The upgrade was stopped because there wasn't enough free space for the installation. I managed to free some space and do ...
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Expand partition to use free space

I have searched here on this site and others on the web and have tried to expand sda6 after removing several other OS/partitions with GParted... no success. Please guide me to the instructions or ...
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Root partition filling up

Ubuntu just printed the message "Partition "/" almost full. 600MB remaining" I am running Ubuntu 15.04 I have checked the root partition a few times since that occurred and it was filling up more and ...
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Is there a faster way to only occupy disk space than dd [duplicate]

In order to test that our systems correctly detect that they are running out of space, we just need large files on the disk where we do not care about their content at all. At the moment we use dd ...
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puzzled by “no space” complaint from apt

Background: My / partition was at 93%, but I had some unallocated space so I created a new home for /usr . After the move the space usage looks like: >df -k Filesystem 1K-blocks Used ...
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/var/log/account/pacct is getting too big, where is ckpacct (to cicle/gzip it)?

I got 2 big files at, /var/log/account, of 350MB each..., my root is only 10GB... I read there could have ckpacct to cycle and gzip it, but I cant find it, also no alternative command? EDIT: I found ...
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Baobab: disable graphical respresentation on the right?

in the disk space analyzer Baobab, the graphical representation on the right part occupies very much space. How can I disable it? Thanks.
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I can't install update because I need more space

I recently installed Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS. After I tried to make the very first update in a couple of days, I encountered a problem which is not new, but I think in my case it is a bit ...
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Finding and using unused disk space?

I installed Ubuntu on my 80GB hard disk. I chose "Guided - use entire disk and set up LVM". The system showed 79.7GB and I chose 39.7GB for the OS. The system is up and now I want to use remaining ...
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Meaning of the free space indication in Deluge

Recently I installed Ubuntu 12.0.4 using Wubi with my current Windows Vista. I have already installed all the 265 updates from the Ubuntu software center and downloaded Deluge from there. My hardrive ...