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I am a Biochemist , X-ray crystallographer and open-source geek. Interests : Python, Java , Web services , Object-oriented design


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comment Enter SSH passphrase once
So to clarify: With this "fix" you will only not have to type in the passphrase in that terminal again. The moment you open a new terminal - you will have to give the passphrase again.
Feb
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accepted gnome applications wont start in Fluxbox desktop in Ubuntu 13.10
Jan
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answered gnome applications wont start in Fluxbox desktop in Ubuntu 13.10
Jan
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asked gnome applications wont start in Fluxbox desktop in Ubuntu 13.10
Jan
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comment Disk going from near empty to full in one day no obvious explanation: how to diagnose
Thanks Steve. I observed exactly what you described. Reboots were not freeing up any space. In some cases a tune2fs - m0 on the drive freed up some space. In the end I systematically went from directory to directory as you recommended and a combination of du -sc * | sort n and "du -d1 -h " helped me diagnose a directory in /media whose name corresponded to my external disk name "Freegent GoFlex Drive" which I mistook for my external disk. It had 144 GB of my "free" space because rsync created it due to a crontab job that ran everynight at 3.00 am. I also missed seeing it in my df runs
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Jan
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accepted Disk going from near empty to full in one day no obvious explanation: how to diagnose
Jan
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comment Disk going from near empty to full in one day no obvious explanation: how to diagnose
I too thought about this a bit and did learn from the sort approach that Steve Dee answer below as with Rmanos comment above. If only I could split the bounty or accept multiple answers. People like you are rare...
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Jan
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comment Disk going from near empty to full in one day no obvious explanation: how to diagnose
Add to that the Strange Ubuntu practice of automounting a drive at /media/hari/FreeAgent GoFlex Drive1 and calling the nautlius menu and the drive name without the 1 suffix. So I was all confused since I had a /media/FreeAgent GoFlex Drive and a ubuntu created /media/hari/FreeAgent GoFlex Drive1 which was called "FreeAgent GoFlex Drive". Also I always failed to read the first few lines of my du -h1 -h on /media which clearly said where 114GB was "missing"
Jan
24
comment Disk going from near empty to full in one day no obvious explanation: how to diagnose
I think I am close to resolving this. I had created a permanent mount point in media for my external disk "FreeAgent GoFlex Drive" . I also had a crontab entry that was intended to backup to that external disk. At some point the external disk mount point changed to "FreeAgent GoFlex Drive1" and rsync created a mirror of my data on confusingly called /media/FreeAgent GoFlex Drive. I always failed to read the du output correctly It clearly said "du: cannot read directory ‘./hari/FreeAgent GoFlex Drive’: Permission denied".
Jan
23
comment Disk going from near empty to full in one day no obvious explanation: how to diagnose
Thanks for your answer. When I go to /media I see a very strange behavior when I run "df -d1 -h " I get output: . 24K ./hari 4.0K ./cnstnewest 114G . So it seems that there are 114G of files in media without any external disks mounted. lsof +L1 gives very few files : all owned by chrome and gnome terminal.
Jan
23
comment Disk going from near empty to full in one day no obvious explanation: how to diagnose
The additional files are not due to an expansion of /var /tmp /home . Some other part of my filesystem is building up and taking up space. I am scared some indexer is working extra hard and storing its data somewhere in a manner that is hidden from du ( /home remains constant at 91GB ..but disk space df went from 13GB free to 1GB free again)
Jan
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Jan
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comment Disk going from near empty to full in one day no obvious explanation: how to diagnose
I unmounted and removed all mount commands from /etc/fstab etc and then re-booted --the space does not return. I will change the mount points to /media. I now have 6.8GB free..hope this stays the same tommorrow. The previous few days the space remaining "disappeared" overnight.
Jan
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comment Disk going from near empty to full in one day no obvious explanation: how to diagnose
Yes the cifs share is mounted under /home/rawdata2
Jan
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