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Default Re: my hard disk is full, how do i get to it and make space!!! - 05-03-2009, 08:25 AM

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how do i get to the ( apt cache) please tell me more, and thanx for your help !!!
To get to the cache directory (to see how much stuff is there):

Open a terminal. Then type the following:
Code:
cd /var/cache/apt/archives
du
The number at the bottom next to . is the size taken by the cache in kilobytes.

To clean the cache, type the following in a terminal:
Code:
sudo apt-get clean
You will be prompted for you password, enter it and the cache will be cleaned. You can type "du" again again to make sure it has.

As Jeff says you can also remove programs from the Synaptic Package Manager. There are large amounts of bloatware there on a default install. What you remove is up to you - we can't help with that.

Trimming the locales to just those you are interested in is good for getting space too - look for "localepurge" in Synaptic, but don't attempt unless you know what you are doing.

My trimmed Dell Ubuntu install is about 2.3Gb. I didn't trim that much - I still have Open Office and most of the games, and installed some additional compilers, so much smaller installations are very possible.


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Default Re: my hard disk is full, how do i get to it and make space!!! - 05-03-2009, 04:09 PM

like i said i,m so new school with this computer stuff, what do i access to know what size ssd i,m using your help will be appreciated !!!
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Default Re: my hard disk is full, how do i get to it and make space!!! - 05-03-2009, 04:37 PM

Lots of ways to find out how big your SSD is:

Look at the spec of the machine you bought when you ordered it, should be on your invoice.
Boot into the BIOS and see what it says there.
Open up the panel on the bottom of your machine and see what it is on the drive itself.
Fire up system monitor (under System-> Administration->System Monitor) and see what it says for /dev/sda2 (eg) on the File Systems tab.
Run df from a terminal window and see what it says against /dev/sda2 (eg).
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Default Re: my hard disk is full, how do i get to it and make space!!! - 05-04-2009, 12:30 AM

you know what i have to get use to this computer stuff anyway, so i decided to go thru the (fire up system monitor route)
i did all the steps : system>Administration>System monitor, ok cool now i,m up to terminal, i accessed to it by Accessories>terminal now the question is how do i run a new terminal, because as i punched in terminal and it shows a small message with a black blinking cursor is this normal and if so how do i get a fresh new window to run df? your help is definitely appreciated!!!
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Default Re: my hard disk is full, how do i get to it and make space!!! - 05-04-2009, 03:56 AM

Yup, that is the terminal window. Type the command and hit enter. You'll get information back.


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Default Re: my hard disk is full, how do i get to it and make space!!! - 05-04-2009, 05:54 AM

ALRIGHT, where getting somewhere lol, i did that command and just like you said some info popped up for /dev/sda2 , now this is what i saw IK- blocks: 7228420
used: 3211052
Available: 3644260
use% 47%
Now judging from these numbers, how do you calculate this for gigabytes? hang in there i,m almost there lol thanx !
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Default Re: my hard disk is full, how do i get to it and make space!!! - 05-04-2009, 07:42 AM

You have an 8GB SSD and it is not even half full.
What makes you think it is full?
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Default Re: my hard disk is full, how do i get to it and make space!!! - 05-04-2009, 10:07 PM

well what i did to free up some space was that i had a whole lot of pics on my camera, so what i wanted to do was to put them on flashdrive but i guess it must of automatically copied a set to the hard drive and by this time i just got this mini probably about a day old, so i,m still trying to sort out my pics to the mini opening and closing features plus i imported my pics on this application called F-SPOT so i guess that kind of or almost ABANDON SHIP (took up damn near all my space)
so i deleted them from the mini and i,m just going to put them on a external drive.

how did u calculate to get 8gb?
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Default Re: my hard disk is full, how do i get to it and make space!!! - 05-05-2009, 01:53 AM

One thing that might help you understand the numbers that you are looking at would be to use the "-h" switch when you run your DF or DU commands.

DF stands for "Disk Free", while DU stands for "Disk Usage"

Here is some sample output from my system:

Code:
allen@Mini:~$ df
Filesystem           1K-blocks      Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1             28399968   4376464  22580872  17% /
tmpfs                  1026312         0   1026312   0% /lib/init/rw
varrun                 1026312       236   1026076   1% /var/run
varlock                1026312         0   1026312   0% /var/lock
udev                   1026312       152   1026160   1% /dev
tmpfs                  1026312       128   1026184   1% /dev/shm
lrm                    1026312      2392   1023920   1% /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/volatile
tmpfs                    65536     23408     42128  36% /media/ramdisk
Not very useful, in my opinion. Now look at the same information with the "-h" switch:

Code:
allen@Mini:~$ df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1              28G  4.2G   22G  17% /
tmpfs                1003M     0 1003M   0% /lib/init/rw
varrun               1003M  236K 1003M   1% /var/run
varlock              1003M     0 1003M   0% /var/lock
udev                 1003M  152K 1003M   1% /dev
tmpfs                1003M  128K 1003M   1% /dev/shm
lrm                  1003M  2.4M 1000M   1% /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/volatile
tmpfs                  64M   23M   42M  36% /media/ramdisk
It's the same information, but in a much more useful format. The "-h" means "human readable", it formats the information in a way that is much easier to read.. It also works with the DU command.

As a side note, you can learn a lot about the various commands used in Linux by reading their manuals, which are accessed through the "man" command:

Code:
man df
You press the space bar to move forward through the manual, "b" to move back, and "q" to quit.

Also, it's generally a good practice to use man (and or Google) to research any unfamiliar command that someone suggests to you before trying it on your system.

Good luck,

qwkynuf
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Default Re: my hard disk is full, how do i get to it and make space!!! - 05-06-2009, 09:17 PM

thanx a lot for the tip that u showed me it will really help alot a matter of fact for those reading this forum and replying with gestures and a giving a helping hand thank you to the fullest. i learned a few tricks and abbreviations etc, keep up the good work, thus i,m new to this computer stuff, you guys replying and showing me the ins and out really makes a big difference.
thanx again, any more suggestions please reply.
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