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Re: System warning that "/var" is almost full

Opps corrected!

#1 cause of my problems is bad eyes!

-----Original Message-----
From: Ben Finney <bignose@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: debian-user@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: System warning that "/var" is almost full
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:35:18 +1000

Esteban L <esteban@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> > From command line: /var# du -h --max-depth=1
> 1.8G	./lib
> 4.0K	./local
> 2.7M	./tmp
> 16K	./lost+found
> 44K	./snap
> 6.3G	./cache
> 4.0K	./opt
> 56K	./spool
> 4.0K	./mail
> 8.2M	./backups
> 139M	./log
> 8.2G	.
> So, my backups seems to be causing the main issue, followed closely
> by
> the cache.

I don't know whether you have different output, but by my reading,
‘backups’ (8.2MiB) is significantly smaller than ‘lib’ (1.8GiB) which
smaller again than ‘cache’ (6.3GiB).

You can see them sorted by size with:

    $ du --max-depth=1 /var | sort --numeric-sort

The ‘-h’ (‘--human-readable’) is useful as its name implies; but it has
the disadvantage of being difficult to visually compare between lines.
Better to use absolute numbers if you want to compare accurately.