[Gllug] Wiping free space.

JLMS jjllmmss at googlemail.com
Tue Dec 29 15:22:48 UTC 2009

On Tue, Dec 29, 2009 at 2:41 PM, Rich Walker <rw at shadowrobot.com> wrote:
> On 29/12/2009 10:30, JLMS wrote:
>> If you do something like that in your / filesystem, then yes, you will
>> see all kind of weird behaviour.
>> If you do that anywhere else, most likely it would only affect
>> applications writing there, so just stop any applications using that
>> filesystem prior to do what you suggest.
> We have regular fun from /var filling up. Typical symptom is that you
> can't log-in from kdm/gdm - it accepts the password, but fails to start
> your desktop...
> As a result, now /var/tmp is usually tmpfs, and /var/log in a separate
> partition.

/var/tmp is supposed to be persistent between boots, I have seen some
dumb applications wanting to find something there to function
properly, so beware :-)
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