[Techtalk] my home directory grew

Maria McKinley maria at shadlen.org
Tue Apr 28 07:27:24 UTC 2009

Chris Wilson wrote:
> Hi Maria,
> On Mon, 27 Apr 2009, Maria McKinley wrote:
>> I found my missing 386G. I wrote a script to check the size all of the 
>> directories in the new home and the old home. They were all the same 
>> size except one, the lost+found on the new drive is 386G, but 
>> lost+found on the old drive is nearly empty. Should I run fsck? Will 
>> that clear out the directory? No one has been complaining about 
>> corrupt files, so not sure what is going on. My own home directory 
>> looks to be nearly duplicated in lost+found, but checking random 
>> original files in my home directory that are listed there doesn't show 
>> any problems.
> fsck will not clear out lost+found, you have to do that yourself if you 
> decide that the files in there are not useful to you. They were created 
> by fsck when it detected major filesystem corruption (files not in any 
> directory) on that filesystem at some point(s) in the past.
> Cheers, Chris.

Very strange. Maybe something strange happened when I copied while 
people had access, which fsck found, but then were corrected when I did 
the final rsync? No idea, but everything is backed up, so it sounds like 
I can just delete the stuff in lost+found and get back 386G.


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