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    Re: Can't boot anymore after a series of malfunctions

    Try this, if you can obtain a command line, clean up /var/log dir.
    Code:
    ls -al /var/log/*
    This might show you what's eating up all the space. If you can figure out which log is using all the space, edit it or just delete it. However, I would take a look at it to see what might be causing the log to fill up.
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    Re: Can't boot anymore after a series of malfunctions

    To doktor: Thanks, when I enter that command it outputs a long list, the last 6 entries of which end in a string of red-colored text:
    [...] unattended-upgrades.log.1.gz
    [...] unattended-upgrades.log.2.gz
    [...] unattended-upgrades.log.3.gz
    [...] unattended-upgrades.log.4.gz
    [...] unattended-upgrades.log.5.gz
    [...] unattended-upgrades.log.6.gz

    They are all dated from the 1st or 2nd day of each of the last 6 months.
    How do I scroll through the list, and what do I look for?
    Again, thanks for the help.

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    Re: Can't boot anymore after a series of malfunctions

    Quote Originally Posted by comp3000 View Post
    I selected the wrong prefix for a previous thread by mistake and I'd like to change it. Can you tell me how to do this, or is it something only a moderator can do? Thanks.
    Done.

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    Re: Can't boot anymore after a series of malfunctions

    Quote Originally Posted by doktorOblivion View Post
    Code:
    ~$ df -h --max-depth=1
    df: Unbekannte Option »--max-depth=1«
    „df --help“ gibt weitere Informationen.
    max-depth is for du, not for df
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    Lightbulb Re: Can't boot anymore after a series of malfunctions

    I would recommend from the /var/logs directory where you see all those repeated files with small changes to their names:

    Code:
    rm -fr unattended-upgrades.log*
    See if that provides any relief. Run the df -a or the correct du command mentioned before that I goofed on to see if it worked. You may have to remove [delete] other stuff as well.

    I am guessing this system does not have a lot or storage to begin with...
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    Re: Can't boot anymore after a series of malfunctions

    Quote Originally Posted by comp3000 View Post
    They are all dated from the 1st or 2nd day of each of the last 6 months.
    How do I scroll through the list, and what do I look for?
    Code:
    ls -lS
    ^will sort by size
    Code:
    ls -lt
    ^will sort by date/time (newest first)
    Code:
    ls -lrt
    ^will sort by date/time (oldest first)

    And you can pipe the result through 'less' (see below) so you can scroll up and down

    Code:
    ls -lS | less
    If you don't make backups of your important data, your data is obviously not important to you.

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    Re: Can't boot anymore after a series of malfunctions

    Quote Originally Posted by nothingspecial View Post
    Done.
    Thanks, my finger slipped.
    Cheers.

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