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/var partition out of space

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 3


Using df -h shows /var is at 100%, however, upon checking the size of the partition, and the space used on that partition (du /var -csh), it is found the /var partition is not full.


/proc/kcore is a virtual copy of the server's RAM.
NTP can be run in a chrooted environment where the /proc directory is mapped to /var/lib/ntp/proc.
Sometimes the OS can become confused and believe the kcore file is physical, instead of virtual, thus causing it to also believe the /var partition is out of space.
As a work-around to experiencing this issue, do the following:
1.  Edit /etc/sysconfig/ntp
2.  Change "NTPD_RUN_CHROOTED" from "yes" to "no".
3.  Reboot the server to refresh the server's RAM.


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  • Document ID:7009144
  • Creation Date: 09-Aug-2011
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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