Brian Brazil <bbrazil at netsoc.tcd.ie> writes:
> On Wed, Oct 25, 2006 at 12:53:05AM +0100, Ciaran Johnston wrote:
>> Probably because space is reserved on the filesystem for the superuser. Not
>> sure how much, but 5% seems to ring a bell. I believe it is tunable - ah,
>> yes, from "man mke2fs"
>>>> -m reserved-blocks-percentage
>> Specify the percentage of the filesystem blocks reserved for
>> the super-user. This avoids fragmentation, and allows root-
>> owned daemons, such as syslogd(8), to continue to function cor???
>> rectly after non-privileged processes are prevented from writ???
>> ing to the filesystem. The default percentage is 5%.
>> You can use tune2fs to change it on the fly. You can also change what
> user/group can use the reserved space. Note that having a disk this full
> is likely to cause fragmentation.
I haven't seen this before -- normally (?!) free space chips away
to zero and then everything grinds to a halt. The problem was
triggered by an "apt-get upgrade" after a big interval -- it
downloaded about half a gigabyte onto a relatively small old
I need a new laptop!
Brendan Halpin, Department of Sociology, University of Limerick, Ireland
Tel: w +353-61-213147 f +353-61-202569 h +353-61-338562; Room F2-025 x 3147
mailto:brendan.halpin at ul.iehttp://www.ul.ie/sociology/brendan.halpin.html
Maintained by the ILUG website team. The aim of Linux.ie is to
support and help commercial and private users of Linux in Ireland. You can
display ILUG news in your own webpages, read backend
information to find out how. Networking services kindly provided by HEAnet, server kindly donated by
Dell. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds,
used with permission. No penguins were harmed in the production or maintenance
of this highly praised website. Looking for the
Indian Linux Users' Group? Try here. If you've read all this and aren't a lawyer: you should be!