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Old 21st July 2006, 02:18 PM
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Question Nautilus reports less free space

Recently I had some difficulties with my free space (too low) but I checked out that this problem is only with nautilus. My disk free space repoted by Nautilus differs from that reported by mc and gdesklets. After I freed some space it looks like that:

Nautilus:
/ ext3 free space: 1,0GB
/mnt/linux ext3 free space: 901,9 MB

mc:
/ free space: as ordinal user: 1042MB; as super user: 1498MB of 8834MB
/mnt/linux free space: as ordinal user: 902MB; as super user: 1212MB of 6100MB

gdesklets - Sidebar Disk Usage Desklet 0.1
/ free space: 1.46MB
/mnt/linux free space: 1.18MB

Is this normal? Why this free space reports differs? I checked out that while Nautilus reports 0B free space and isn't able to burn, copy, ... in mc in superuser mode I'm still able to write files on the disk.
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Old 21st July 2006, 07:05 PM
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I had such problem too . It's O.K. You can look at gnome-system-monitor ->Devices.( FC5 )Value of "Available" and "Free"
are not the same. I tried to get more space using Total Commander - it 'force' uses free space.
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Old 21st July 2006, 07:26 PM
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Yeah, I see. But who knows why?
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Old 22nd July 2006, 02:00 PM
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I think that it is related with some 'specialities' of ext2/ext3 file systems.Maybe system reserves some free space for recovering (or saving file-system-actions) data or something like this. I know that there is no such difference between 'Free" and 'Available' values for fat and ntfs partitions. Fat partitions I think do not have such options and ntfs partitions is not 'well' full supported. Midnight Commander is very old file manager and maybe it calculates free space in other way ( like in older file systems) than Nautilus .
But why there is difference you are super user or ordinary user .............???
Or only root can change 'file system information' which located in lost space?
Also: 'lost space' proportional to capacity of partition. (For my FC5 Total/Free/Available ext3 /home 37.0 / 24.7 / 22.8 Gb ext3 / 16.2/9.7/6.5 Gb )
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For my FC5 Total/Free/Available ext3 /home 37.0 / 24.7 / 22.8 Gb ext3 / 16.2/9.7/8.9 Gb
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I don't think that it is so because mc is too old. And as for different free space reports as ordinal user or super user: I think that super user has available all free space while the ordinal user not. I'll try to check it out under nautilus as root... Still I don't know what free space is unavailable to ordinal user and why, but maybe you are right about guessing where the free space gets lost.
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