Disk Space Problems with Rsync.

Martin Pool mbp at samba.org
Mon Sep 23 16:01:25 EST 2002

On 23 Sep 2002, Bull Barry - bbull <Barry.Bull at acxiom.com> wrote:
> I have a problem with rsync causing a filesystem to think that it is 100%
> used when actually it isn't. A quick reboot will cause the filesystem to go
> to about 70%-75% used. Below is the script that I am executing. I am using
> Red Hat Linux release 7.1 (Seawolf) Kernel 2.4.9-34smp on a 2-processor
> i686. Does anyone have any idea on what causes this and how to fix
> this?

There is probably a file (or severral) that has been unlinked by
rsync, but is still open by some other program, and therefore it's
space can't be freed up.  Killing the other relevant program, or
rebooting, frees up the space.

Use lsof to discover what files are open in that directory.


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