Why does my computer run out of disk space and stop working?

Asked by Endolith on 2009-10-30

How is it possible that a modern operating system can run out of disk space and stop functioning correctly?

Surely a portion of disk space would be reserved for the system, so that even if you try to download a large file and it takes up all the document storage space, programs are still able to run without problems.

There's not even a warning that you're running out of space; stuff just silently stops working.

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Shashank Sahni (shredder12) said : #1

Well, I too think that there should be some reserved space for the system... so that getting out of memory problems don't take place.. but what problem did you actually face??

zvacet (ivicakolic) said : #2

 Type in terminal

df -f

and post output here.

zvacet (ivicakolic) said : #3

”How is it possible that a modern operating system can run out of disk space and stop functioning correctly?”

It is possible if you decide to give not much space to the OS and you have just one partition.In that case all packages will be on that partition and it will be full very soon.Solution for this is to have separate home partition and root partition 10GB large.Home will be bigger of course.

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