Disk Space Problem

Brian Somers brian at Awfulhak.org
Mon Feb 5 19:48:07 GMT 2001


> On Mon, Feb 05, 2001 at 04:22:15PM +0000, Andrew Boothman wrote:
>  
> > So I moved /var/log/alias.log to /usr and touched a new alias.log. 
> > Unfortunately this didn't seem to make any difference, and the drive 
> > still read 104% full. Not really understanding, I decided to remove 
> > the -log flag from natd_flags in /etc/rc.conf and reboot the machine -
> >  just to play safe.
> > 
> > Sure enough when the machine came back up again it reports the 
> > /var filesystem as being only 4% in use.
> > 
> > Does anyone have any ideas about why this may have happened? 
> > I'm sorry I can't be more spacific about the exact numbers involved.
> 
> If the process that created alias.log still had it open then the space
> the file uses won't get freed until the process closes the file. Given
> that a reboot solved the problem this looks like what was happening.

Yes.  Next time this happens, if you don't want to kill the process 
that has the file open, just

  >alias.log

to zero it and recover the disk space immediately.

> J.
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