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Re: Help: Dselect ran out of disk space

Tim Wood wrote:
> Hi,

> I managed to do a floppy/ftp install of Potato on an old 4086DX-33
> laptop (8MB RAM 120MB HDD) but ran out of disk space.

What's your partitioning look like?  What's the output of `df`?
If you use cfdisk, are there any partitions you don't see in `df`,
i.e. not have mounted?

> I used a 16MB swap file.

This seems appropriate.

> At one point I had in mind to use it as a gateway on my 10base2 LAN but
> my current laptop (sorry it's RH6.2 at the moment) and Windoze98SE
> desktop are running Seti 24/7 so I'd like to remove all the non
> essentials.

Do you mean SETI@home?  There is a Debian package in non-free.

> It is running Distributed.Net OGR but the files are a bit of a mess.
> I have tried using Dselect to delete unwanted portions but failed. I got
> it to run by manually deleting numerous documents, which I was sure I
> could manage without, but would like to be able to use Dselect in the
> future.

Do you mean that you deleted arbitrary files in /usr/doc?  And only
in there?

> Is there anyway to update the database to reflect what is actually
> there?

> I'm afraid this happened a few months ago and I don't remember exactly
> which files I took out. I have just completed an apt-get update/upgrade
> so I presume that the system is in reasonable shape.

Only the files which have been updated will have been upgraded.  I
wonder if running `cruft` would be helpful.

> As you will probably guess my Linux exposure is limited. However I'm
> quite capable of editing any files.

This is the starting skill of the most erudite Linux masters.

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