On Thu, Oct 08, 2020 at 06:38:55PM +0200, Simon Matter wrote: > > On Thu, Oct 08, 2020 at 11:12:54AM -0400, Yves Bellefeuille wrote: > >> centos2 at foxengines.net wrote: > >> > >> > It's not working, I haven't been able to identify the files. They > >> aren't > >> > there. All attempts to measure disk usage of / by files shows that the > >> > disk usage is only a percentage of available space and that there > >> > should be space available. > >> > >> Sparse files? How are you determining how much free space you have? > > > > Thanks for your response. > > > > I didn't attempt to find sparse files specifically but there were no files > > (or > > dot-files) at the top level of / that contained any significant data. > > > > There sum of the sizes of all of the directories at the top level of / > > reported > > by du did not match the amount of disk space used at the time of the > > problem. > > I don't have a transcript of that session but I was using commands like: > > > > find / -maxdepth 1 -xdev -type d | while read; do du -shx $d; done > > What does > > lsof | grep DEL > > show? Well, it doesn't show anything now because I ran out of time to troubleshoot and had to reboot the computer which eliminated whatever was using the space. I didn't look for this pattern but I did look for "deleted". I will add this pattern to the list for the next time the problem occurs. I was hoping I would get some responses like this--thanks!