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Re: Space recovery

On Wed, 27 Jul 2005, John Graves wrote:

> I am still discovering what I don't know...Among that is why after I 
> deleted a 17GB error log, df does not report that space as usable.  Is 
> there some process I need to start after deletion to actually recover 
> that space?

In Unix the space will not be released back to the "free list" while a 
process has the file open.  Use losf or fuser to establish was processes 
have a file open.  Whether or not you actually want to stop them will 
depend on the operational responsibilities of you and the box.

Given that it is a log file I believe it will be syslogd.  In Debian you 
can restart syslogd like this:

/etc/init.d/sysklogd restart

Check df afterwards and things should look better.


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