[mythtv-users] disk full, can't delete files

Chris Adams rocket at extremelan.net
Wed Nov 11 00:43:21 UTC 2009


On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 6:37 AM, David L <idht4n at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 5:59 AM, Rod Smith  wrote:
>> On Monday 09 November 2009 11:27:18 pm David L wrote:
> <snip>
>  It seems I have a chicken/egg problem
>>> here... mythfrontend isn't happy because the disk is
>>> full and I can't make the disk less full without
>>> running mythfrontend to delete files.  What's the right
>>> way to work around this problem?
>>
>> Try deleting some non-program files, such as the preview files (.png files)
>> and, if any are present, temporary transcode files (.tmp files). If your
>> recording storage partition isn't separate from other partitions, you could
>> also go through and try to find other temporary or unnecessary files to
>> delete. Anything in /tmp is fair game, at least once you've shut down
>> whatever programs created them. Rotated log files in the /var/log directory
>> tree are also good choices for deletion. You could also try uninstalling
>> software you're not using -- say, Firefox or Evolution (I've no idea if
>> Mythbuntu installs either of these). You'd use dpkg, apt-get, Synaptic, or
>> some other package management tool to do this. These measures might buy you
>> just enough disk space to get the system working well enough that you can
>> delete some recordings from within MythTV and set the minimum free space
>> option that another poster mentioned.
>>
>
> Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.  It seems clear
> to me that I should re-partition.  I was using a single spare
> partition to test out mythtv.  It makes sense in retrospect that
> you'd want the OS and database separate from the program
> files, but it wasn't obvious while I was installing.  I assumed
> that there would be some default setting that would prevent
> myth from coming too close to filling up the partition.  And I
> didn't know I couldn't just delete a file.
>
> Cheers,
>
>           David

What is the minimum free space set to out of the box? Can I suggest it
be defaulted to something sensible (for our modern world of terabyte
hard drives), perhaps 1-2GB?

I have no idea where this would be set but if someone can point me in
the right direction I'll be happy to supply a patch..


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