[nmglug] disaster!

BrianO'Keefe okeefe at cybermesa.com
Mon Aug 14 10:39:57 PDT 2006

Brian O'Keefe wrote:
> I may have found the issue. I was also running MOL and after checking 
> out the ubuntu volume from OS X I found that /var/log was a 4.8 GB 
> hog! The MOL recent log was 3.8GB
> so I trashed it and now the volume has that much free space. Do I need 
> any of the log files for any other reason that to check things out? 
> They are accumulating.
> On Aug 14, 2006, at 12:05 AM, Brian O'Keefe wrote:
>> This is really weird. I was doing some DVD authoring in Ubuntu  using 
>> transcode and kde DVD author wizard. My usb drive that I use for such 
>> things for storage capacity started doing strange things like not 
>> having enough storage for a dvd. It's 15GB of free space so that is 
>> weird. I noticed that some items in trash were now in directories on 
>> the usb partition named .Trashbrianokeefe and .Trash1000. I had not 
>> seen these before. I emptied them to free up space. then the name of 
>> the partition changed by itself from "For_Linux" to "sda9" but only 
>> in a file manager. Still same name on the mounted volume on desktop.
>> I continued to work on dvd's and I noticed that each time I switched 
>> windows in my file manager the info at the bottom showed less space 
>> available. First 4GB then 2 and 1 and I got low disk space warnings. 
>> I quickly copied some files to the usb drive and shut down and tried 
>> to restart but of course I now have no disk space on the Ubuntu 
>> partition. I'm writing this from the OS X partition-nice and stable 
>> over here! I'm checking the mounted Ubuntu partition to see what is 
>> abnormally full. Again, i started the day with 5GB of free space! I 
>> have no more DVD's on the Ubuntu partition unless they are hiding 
>> somewhere.
>> Any ideas of what would eat my disk? Also, a backup of my home 
>> directory on the usb drive morphed into an unopenable, no content 
>> generic gnome icon as did the only dvd I had on the drive.
>> Help!
>> Thanks
>> PS-when's the next meet up?
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Additionally some other directories seem inordinately bloated but those 
I'm less sure of. None of this has anything to do with the weirdness of 
my usb drive as far as I know. I wonder why MOL went on some runaway log 
building anyway?
So I'm rebooted into ubuntu and all is OK. I may give up on DVD 
authoring and just buy a player that plays .avi videos!

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