I had a problem with mysql and I needed to make a swap file to fix it. I ran this code

# dd if=/dev/zero of=/swap.dat bs=1024 count=512M
# mkswap /swap.dat
# swapon /swap.dat
## Edit the /etc/fstab, and the following entry.
/swap.dat      none    swap    sw      0       0 

It makes a swap file, of 512mb I think. Now my VPS says I'm using 99.9% of 19.56gb.

I tried to run swapoff /swap.dat and remove /swap.dat from /etc/fstab but it still says I'm using 99.9%

I can't install any additional software like gparted because it says that the device has no space left

  • Try rebooting and see if that fixes is – fosslinux Jun 22 '16 at 1:27
  • @CollDue96 I already did it. :( – Zerquix18 Jun 22 '16 at 1:28
  • You had created a file that is 1024 * 512MB in size, have you checked that with ls -l? You also didn't say if you have deleted /swap.dat or not. – Anthony Wong Jun 22 '16 at 11:00

First, remove that entry from /etc/fstab. Then:

sudo swapoff /swap.dat
# Wait for all resources paged to that swap file to be moved to other swap files or to RAM.
sudo rm -f /swap.dat

If you remove the file before it is no longer in use, the disk space will remain allocated until swapoff is complete.

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