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    Question 11.2 eats up disk space

    Hi,
    I'm new to OpenSuse. Maybe it's specific feature, but it does not seem right that within ~30 m to 1h 3gb of disk space on /home are gone due to I can't tell what exactly. Usually it happens while listening to music via vlc or browsing www (chrome and firefox). I got 3gigs of ram (95% in use under such conditions), and 1,5gb of swap that is not used at all by the system. Its a KDE.
    Where is the problem? Please help

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    palladium NNTP User

    Default Re: 11.2 eats up disk space

    are you saying that when you close vlc, chrome or firefox that that
    space remains used?

    i ask because it is normal when streaming in video/audio for the
    stream to be buffered in an on disk cache...so, you should expect
    available space to decrease anytime you are consuming a media stream...

    but, depending on how you have set up those devices they should
    release the space (delete the cache)..

    you might check the size of ~/.vlc/cache and etc before and after that
    30 minutes to an hour of playing...and, then again after shutting down
    the application(s) to see which is the user not releasing its cache
    space...and, then adjust some settings, somewhere..

    sorry, i don't how to set the space release timing for any of those
    programs...but, i bet someone here does..

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    palladium

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    Default Re: 11.2 eats up disk space

    Quote Originally Posted by tomekbin View Post
    3gb of disk space on /home are gone due to I can't tell what exactly.
    du -smc /home/yourname/*

    tells you how much disk space is being used in the subdirectories of your home directory. You may need to also try

    du -smc /home/yourname/.*

    to catch the hidden files. Spend some time drilling down until you find the culprit. Then we might be able to offer appropriate help. Certainly do a before and after measurement to be sure about roughly where you are losing such a large amount of disk space.

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    Default Re: 11.2 eats up disk space

    Is it possible that the user is browsing over a local network using a protocol such as fish:// in KDE, which (IIRC) makes a temporary copy of e.g. a media file?

    3 Gbyte is about 1.5 hours of hi-res video. I'd expect to see the copy in /tmp rather thann /home though.

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    Default Re: 11.2 eats up disk space

    Is nepomuk enabled? This might generate a database and might account for some space loss on /home.

    Check under Configure Desktop - Advanced - Desktop Search (I think..)

    You can also try running the following to give you an idea of what is so big.
    Run the following command in a terminal:

    Code:
     du -ah /home
    Hope that works...
    "To err is human... to really foul up requires the root password."

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    Default Re: 11.2 eats up disk space

    I suspect it may be .xsession-errors (a hidden file in your home dir) filling up quickly. I've seen such reports about it exploding in size. If it really is, best is to make a symlink to /dev/null using a script you place in .kde4/Autostart

    Code:
    #!/bin/bash
    
    ln -sf /dev/null $HOME/.xsession-errors
    Make sure to make the file executable

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    Default Re: 11.2 eats up disk space

    Quote Originally Posted by Dexter1979 View Post
    Code:
     du -ah /home
    That's what I like about this forum, one learns stuff. I thought I knew how to use du, but the -a option seems to have passed me by.

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    Default Re: 11.2 eats up disk space

    It happens after I run vlc playing music from my hard drive. Xorg seems to be very busy (25% of CPU power) and it takes nearly 115MB of memory. from the pint when all free space on /home and ram is gone, xorg calms down, but still engages all that memory.

    then i cleared trash freeing some 200mb and xorg started working again until all remaining disk space was gone. I did not find any enormously big files, yet.

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    palladium NNTP User

    Default Re: 11.2 eats up disk space

    very bad practice to allow the disk to run out of space...all Unix and
    variants really don't like no space...can lead to corrupted files and
    whole system..

    you say you are running out of space on /home, but are you sure it is
    not somewhere on root /?

    how did you lay out your system?

    can you do these in a terminal and copy paste back to here:

    df --print-type
    df -h
    cat /etc/fstab/

    and, i see someone else asked you for

    du -ah /home

    and another directed a link to direct some log reports to /dev/nul

    but apparently you didn't do either, or respond to those..

    i guess my question is: do you want help, or not?

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    Default Re: 11.2 eats up disk space

    Quote Originally Posted by palladium View Post
    very bad practice to allow the disk to run out of space...all Unix and
    variants really don't like no space...can lead to corrupted files and
    whole system..

    you say you are running out of space on /home, but are you sure it is
    not somewhere on root /?
    I dont know honestly
    how did you lay out your system?

    can you do these in a terminal and copy paste back to here:

    df --print-type
    df -h
    cat /etc/fstab/
    Code:
    /dev/sda6     ext4     8927840   6261564   2212716  74% /
    udev         tmpfs     1544800       488   1544312   1% /dev
    /dev/sda7     ext4     4659096   4422352         8 100% /home
    /dev/sda1  fuseblk      102396     24924     77472  25% /windows/C
    /dev/sda2  fuseblk    66281660  51656020  14625640  78% /windows/D
    /dev/sda3  fuseblk    74533884  71941916   2591968  97% /windows/E
    Code:
    tomek@linux-9ll1:~> df -h
    System plikw         rozm. użyte dost. %uż. zamont. na
    /dev/sda6             8,6G  6,0G  2,2G  74% /
    udev                  1,5G  488K  1,5G   1% /dev
    /dev/sda7             4,5G  4,3G  8,0K 100% /home
    /dev/sda1             100M   25M   76M  25% /windows/C
    /dev/sda2              64G   50G   14G  78% /windows/D
    /dev/sda3              72G   69G  2,5G  97% /windows/E
    when i use cat /etc/fstab/ , system says that /etc/fstab/ is not a directory

    and, i see someone else asked you for

    du -ah /home

    and another directed a link to direct some log reports to /dev/nul

    but apparently you didn't do either, or respond to those..
    yes, I didnt respond
    command du gave me information on my files, directories, yet I did not find anything strange
    I used the ln command, and made the file .xsession-errors executable. although i'm not sure how to take advantage of it yet. when i try to access dev/null it says null is neither a file or directory. same with .xsession-errors, but i can see it is there


    i guess my question is: do you want help, or not?

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    palladium
    of course. I really apreciate your help. what can i do next?

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