View Full Version : [ubuntu] out of space - can't boot

January 18th, 2009, 02:16 AM
I ran out of disk space and now can no longer boot into gnome. After typing in my password I get a bunch of error messages a lot about have not being able to save settings, one about the power manger etc.... None of the panels load up, not wallpaper, no ability to right click the desktop and interestingly, a bit of my awn dock loads up, no icons, just some background.

so. via the terminal I removed about 2 gigs worth of data.

I ran the utilities in the recovery mode.

but I am still getting the same error messages after logging into gnome.

If I could get some help on fixing gnome that would help a lot.

I'm not completely opposed to re installing gnome if need be, but, I would need some help on that.

January 18th, 2009, 03:29 AM
What do the error messages say and what utilities did you use in recovery mode? To be safe, I would run e2fsck (depends on your filesystem) from live media against your partitions.

January 18th, 2009, 03:38 AM
This problem may be caused by being unable to access the swap.

January 18th, 2009, 04:54 AM
At the GUI login screen, press <Ctrl><Alt>F2 and log in with your username and password. Then, run

sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get autoremove
df -h

January 18th, 2009, 05:30 AM
"An error occured while loading or saving configuration information for
update-notifier. Some of your configuration settings may not work

Details: "failed to contact configuration server; some possible causes
is that you need to enable TCP/IP for ORBIT or you have stale NFS locks
due to system crash. See http://www.gnome.org/projects/gconf for
information. (Details - 1: could not send message to gconf daemon:
message did not recieve reply (timeout by message bus))" and this
repeats a couple times.

"An error occured while loading or saving configuration information for
evolution-alarm-notify. Some of your configuration settings may not work

Details: same as above

I had not read that as thourough as I should have in the first place.
I'm going to look up some stuff on NFS locks, but still going to post
this because I don't want to lose what I have typed. That took a bit of
time switching between the screens.

There is a third message about the power manager that disapears pretty
quickly. I'll figure out getting that if this can't be resolved.

Part of the tools that I ran from the recovery mode was one that checked
the disk. Another was to clean and another to fix broken packages. I
believe those were all three.

The fact that the swap was mentioned is interesting. Because, as result
of this I also found out that my vista install in busted (next on the

My harddrive partions go like this (sizes not completely to scale)


but who knows when the vista died. I haven't gone into that for some

January 18th, 2009, 05:36 AM
I found a tip that says

in .profile instert line


but warns not to be in gnome while doing that. I shall give that a shot
if I can find .profile

January 18th, 2009, 05:50 AM
unfortunately the tip that I came accross did not work.

But, I got the 3rd error message

"The configuration defaults for GNOME Power Manager have not been
installed correctly. Please contact your comptuer administrator"

January 18th, 2009, 10:05 AM
I believe I cam accross something that sugested renaming the home folder
then copying it back. Since I don't have enough space on my hard disk
I'm copying it to another drive then back. It's going to take quite some
time. Though, while copying back I'm going to leave off the videos for
the time being to save some time as they account for 30 gigs or so.

If that doesn't work. It seems like it is just my user profile that is
currupt. I will just delete it and make it again.

January 18th, 2009, 01:06 PM
that didn't work.

I deleted my account and made a new one.

so essentially

after booting into recovery mode from the grub menu then dropping into the root shell

mv /home/userName /home/userName.bck
userdel userName
useradd -d /home/userName -m userName
passwd userName

just incase someone else needs to do this.

This is not idea. You will lose your configurations and such but not your data since you can recover it from the backup you made with "mv /home/userName /home/userName.bck"

Though on that note... there will be a bunch of hidden folders that are in your home directory that will have certain settings in. I'm not sure how to recover that stuff. but going to give it a look see.

Anyways. Been up all night, sun going to come up quite soon. making this thread solved... though.. it isn't really. But, any solutions wont have any worth to me.