View Full Version : [SOLVED] AVAILABLE space in inferior to FREE space on hd

November 13th, 2009, 10:43 AM
Hi to all.

I'm logged as normal user. I can see an high difference between the AVAILABLE and the FREE space on the partitions of my hard drive, as shown in the following screenshot:


Actually I've been able to recover some space removing files I've been trashing as root: so I run

sudo nautilus

and then removed the files in some ".trash" directory. is there any other way to reduce the difference between AVAILABLE and FREE space?


Ubuntu 9.10 - Karmic Koala

uname -r

November 13th, 2009, 12:13 PM
5% are always reserved for super-user "root". Problem solved :)

November 13th, 2009, 02:54 PM
Subtracting the 5% of 3.1 GB, would leave 2.945 GB of available space root on partition. On the other hand, subtracting the 5% of 1.4 GB would leave 1.330 GB on home partition.
While in my case, respectively 2.6 GB and 858.9 MB (in this last case it's quite the 50%!!!) are left.

So, the problem is not solved.:confused:

November 13th, 2009, 05:13 PM
5% of partition size is reserved, not 5% of free space, that way you could always have no free space and no reserved space. You can change reserved percentage using tune2fs, however it's not recommended, especially for system partition

November 13th, 2009, 05:37 PM
Ah, ok! Now it's clear ;). So everything is ok.

Thank you!