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[vox-tech] In Denial About These Hard Drive Problems
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[vox-tech] In Denial About These Hard Drive Problems

This afternoon I noticed that my /home partition was expanding 
again.  Normally when I run df -h it shows /home as being filled to 52% of 
the available space; this afternoon, though, it was up to 100%.  I was away 
from my computer and logging in remotely so I didn't want to do anything 
too drastic.  I just found some wine processes that were running and killed 
them, then deleted some extra tar files that I'd accumulated, to bring 
things down to 98% so that my computer could keep running until I could get 
home and reboot it, which is what stopped this problem before (I never did 
figure out what was causing it).

So when I rebooted, I found some root filesystem errors, fixed them with 
fsck /.  Then X wouldn't start.  I checked the message log and saw this error:

         fatal error: could not open default font fixed

(or something like that).

Fearing nasty trouble, I decided I'd take the simpleton's way out and just 
repair things from my installation disk.  That process complained because 
I'd created a symbolic link to /var on a large extra partition on my hard 
drive (it wanted me to transform the absolute symbolic link /var to a 
relative symbolic link -- something that is outside my realm of knowledge, 
I'm afraid, though I did try to find it in my books).

I decided I'd simply move the files in /var back to the root partition.  I 
tried to start this process by creating a temporary directory in / with the 

         # mkdir /var2

...to which I got this error:

         could not create directory /var2.  Input output error.

...and that just seems terrifying to me.

I'm running a Red Hat 7.2 system, not quite brave enough to do a full 
reinstall of Linux (though I might just do that, after copying all of my 
documents to a CD).

I hope I've provided enough information.  What else could I be doing?

Richard S. Crawford

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