[CentOS] Re: "No space left on device" but there is space

Matthew Miller mattdm at mattdm.org
Sat Mar 17 20:35:45 UTC 2007

On Sat, Mar 17, 2007 at 04:03:37PM -0400, William L. Maltby wrote:
> > After trying to solve this for some hours, I guess to have reached the
> > maximum file numbers, or maybe there is some hidden space filling the
> > partition. I've just cleaned manually the yum cache, and /var went ok.
> Keep in mind that default FS creation reserves 5% (?) for root. On GB-
> sized drives, very wasteful. I always reduces to 1% or so.

As I understand it, having an ext3 filesystem more full than that isn't a
good idea -- you risk ending up with serious fragmentation. Think of it this
way: on gigabyte-sized devices, you should easily be able to spare 5% in
exchange for more efficient operation.

Matthew Miller           mattdm at mattdm.org          <http://mattdm.org/>
Boston University Linux      ------>              <http://linux.bu.edu/>

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