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I have a problem, my .private is using the 100% of my free hard drive space, i have no idea of how to solve this...

Why is file is using every bit on my hd, how can i fix it?

This is the menssage of space using on the terminal:

andrey@andrey-vaio:~$ df -k
S.ficheros            1K-bloques     Usado Disponible Uso% Montado en
/dev/sda3               53876204   7128424   44010988  14% /
udev                     1848456         4    1848452   1% /dev
tmpfs                     757452       920     756532   1% /run
none                        5120         0       5120   0% /run/lock
none                     1893624       396    1893228   1% /run/shm
/dev/sda1              249920700 236820380     405008 100% /home
/home/andrey/.Private  249920700 236820380     405008 100% /home/andrey
/dev/sr0                 4482226   4482226          0 100% /media/disk

I have my home on a particion and the OS on other, the big problem is that now a couldn't save documents because i don't have free space.

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  • Similar question here askubuntu.com/questions/97954/…
    – CoalaWeb
    Oct 21, 2012 at 22:08
  • Yeah but this post doesn't solve my problem.
    – Kesymaru
    Oct 22, 2012 at 0:26
  • Does the ~/Private directory exist? All content of any files or folders you write in ~/Private will be encrypted when written to the disk, in the hidden directory ~/.Private.
    – CoalaWeb
    Oct 22, 2012 at 7:11
  • yeah, i've noticed that .private is growing and growing all the time, today i only have 300MD of free space on my HD when my home is just using 20GB, it means this .private is eating my HD.
    – Kesymaru
    Oct 24, 2012 at 4:24
  • how can i reset .private and the encryption config of /.Private?
    – Kesymaru
    Oct 24, 2012 at 4:25

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You might want to consider removing the encrypted private directory if so follow the steps below.

To remove this setup:

  1. Ensure that you have moved all relevant data out of your ~/Private directory

  2. Unmount your encrypted private directory

    $ ecryptfs-umount-private  
    
  3. Make ~/Private writable again

    $ chmod 700 ~/Private  
    
  4. Remove ~/Private, ~/.Private, ~/.ecryptfs (Note: THIS IS VERY PERMANENT AND WILL DELETE ALL YOUR FILES, NOT JUST THE ENCRYPTED COPIES!)

     $ rm -rf ~/Private ~/.Private ~/.ecryptfs  
    
  5. Uninstall the utilities

     $ sudo apt-get remove ecryptfs-utils libecryptfs0
    

Resources:

Encrypted Private Directory

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  • thanks! i'll try it tomorrow because i have to make a backup of my files before.
    – Kesymaru
    Oct 24, 2012 at 6:39

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