[nmglug] disaster!

BrianO'Keefe okeefe at cybermesa.com
Mon Aug 14 12:08:11 PDT 2006

BrianO'Keefe wrote:
> 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
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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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OK. Now after I've rebooted into ubuntu, my usb drive has the correct 
names of the partitions as before,both the mounted volume icons and in a 
file manager. However, my tarred home directory backup is still a 
generic gnome icon with no info. Is it possible that MOL corrupts this 
drive if both are working?

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