Filesystem full

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Abnormal growth

#5417: knotify4 fills up filesystem with .xsession-errors describes an instance where the filesystem got filled up.

The users managed to identify the abnormal growth with two simple methods, while the problem was ongoing:

1) listing files in the home directory in order of time, to identify the file that was being filled up. In this instance, it was lucky that the growth happened in the home directory.
ls -ltr

2) iotop, sorted by DISK_WRITE, which identified the process doing the writing, providing the pid (process ID).

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ProjectSummaryStatusPriorityCategoryLast updatedAssigned to
Linux softwareknotify4 fills up filesystem with .xsession-errorsactivenormalbug report8 years 19 weeks