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Postby JeSuisFlaneur » 2020-05-14 15:47

Clean install. On power up on-screen message says / is full. I created a 20gig / and I cannot find the stock size, of Debian 10 Buster. Should / have been 30 gig? I can do a reinstall, all my /home is backed up air gapped.
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Re: / message says it's full

Postby Dai_trying » 2020-05-14 18:25

It really depends how you use your system, but what I would do is fire up a Live-Cd and resize the partition from there, there might also be a way to resize a running OS but personally I prefer what I consider to be a "safer" method of using a Live-Cd.
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Re: / message says it's full

Postby Bulkley » 2020-05-14 18:39

20gig. Is that a VM? Anyway, I have Buster in a VM with 20gig and there is plenty of room.
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Re: / message says it's full

Postby stevepusser » 2020-05-15 02:57

Bulkley wrote:20gig. Is that a VM? Anyway, I have Buster in a VM with 20gig and there is plenty of room.


And of course that depends what the heck the OP has installed and if their HOME is in /, too, none of which we know yet. I have a lot of schroots in my root because I build a lot of packages for various Debian and MX architectures and releases in them. They take up many GBs, and my home is in another, very large partion on the spinny HD instead of the SSD where / lives.. Another user may only need a few GB at most for both.
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Re: / message says it's full

Postby Bulkley » 2020-05-15 17:43

stevepusser wrote:And of course that depends what the heck the OP has installed and if their HOME is in / . . .


Yes, I knew that when I posted. I was expecting the OP to do some back and forth so we could get to the bottom of it.
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Re: / message says it's full

Postby Zjho » 2020-05-20 12:58

For those using ssds there is not much financial incentive to buy less than about 128G drives so for those who use a small fraction of this in /home best increase / beyond 20G. Other day i made a typo while trying to back up to a spare drive resulting in mistakenly writing to a new folder in /media that just filled / before completing. Had set no swap as seemed no point. Unsurprisingly system stopped opening apps complaining of lack of space but luckily didn't crash. Had / been a bit bigger my 11G of data from /home would have been okay in a folder on /media until mistake was spotted.
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Re: / message says it's full

Postby morse_the_horse » 2020-05-25 16:22

You can also get rid of software you don't use. There are lots of modules that are not needed if the particular system doesn't use them. Look at your installed software and dump what you don't use.
Unlike on Windows where there are lots of third party products you have to buy licenses for, most Linux "products" are free so if and when you decide you'd like to use one of them, you can always re-install it without having to worry where you put that license number.

Also, check out BleachBit. Not only will it clean up such things as Firefox, Chrome and Thunderbird, but it will remove all (or selected) foreign language (locale) files that you'll likely never use.
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