on Sun, Jun 26, 2005 at 11:28:01PM -0500, Jay Strauss (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote:
I was trying to install kernel-image-2.6.8-2-686, on debian sarge. But
dpkg: error processing
failed in buffer_write(fd) (8, ret=-1): backend dpkg-deb during
2.6.8-2-686/kernel/sound/pci/trident/snd-trident-synth.ko': No space
left on device
I don't know what's taking up space and what I can delete. I did a
hydrogen:/# du -hxs *
That's part of the answer.
You need to specify your filesystems too. If you're running a single
filesysytem, the above is comprehensie. Looks like you're missing /var
and /usr from there.
'df -h' is what you want to show. In my case we'd see:
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda2 228M 196M 21M 91% /
tmpfs 475M 4.0K 475M 1% /dev/shm
/dev/hda1 38M 28M 8.8M 76% /boot
/dev/hda9 259M 154M 106M 60% /tmp
/dev/hda10 1004M 818M 187M 82% /var
/dev/hda11 3.0G 2.8G 143M 96% /usr
/dev/hda12 1004M 493M 512M 50% /usr/local
/dev/hda13 12G 11G 742M 94% /home
(I like lots of partitions ;-)
To track down specific filesystem usage, I like:
du -sx * | sort -nr
...which will sort utilization of directories (and files) within the
current directory. Going down the subdirectories tends to be pretty
fast due to disk caching.
A really nice graphical utility for identifying where storage issues
exist is 'filelight':
...which shows usage graphically, allows drilling down to see what
specifically is using space.
My current partitioning recommendations are here:
Now I'm a bit afraid to reboot my machine, for fear its been left in a
Should only be the new kernel that's not properly installed. Since its
installation didn't complete, you shouldn't have to worry about it.
Bootable disks (Knoppix, LNX-BBC, DSL, etc.) will pretty much always get
you back into your system even if you've mucked something up badly.
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