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Bug 156454 - uninformative error message "not enough space on destination"
Summary: uninformative error message "not enough space on destination"
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: nautilus-cd-burner
Version: 3
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Alexander Larsson
QA Contact:
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2005-04-30 15:42 UTC by Paul Jakma
Modified: 2008-02-04 06:06 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2008-02-04 06:06:35 UTC

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Description Paul Jakma 2005-04-30 15:42:28 UTC
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Description of problem:
nautilus-cd-burner keeps giving me the following error dialogue when I try drag files into the CD Creator:

Error while link in "burn:///"

There is not enough space on the destination


- /tmp has 1GB free
- my home directory has several GB free
$ df -h /tmp /home/paul
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
tmpfs                1000M   58M  943M   6% /tmp
hibernia:/home/paul    20G   15G  4.6G  77% /home/paul
$ df -i /tmp/ /home/paul
Filesystem            Inodes   IUsed   IFree IUse% Mounted on
tmpfs                 257065    1800  255265    1% /tmp
hibernia:/home/paul  5155840  163261 4992579    4% /home/paul
$ quota -s paul
     Filesystem  blocks   quota   limit   grace   files   quota   limit   grace
                  6291M   9668M  11670M            122k    180k    169k        

I tried using gconf to set the /apps/nautilus-cd-burner/temp_iso_dir key to /tmp, but still the same error message.

The error message is uninformative. *what* is the destination? Where is it? If I knew, I could maybe fix the filesystem concerned, except the filesystems all appear to have plenty of space, so maybe it's an actual bug in nautilus-cd-burner in assessing free space. It's impossible to tell either way.

I then ran:

mkisofs -R ~/Desktop/temp/ | cdrecord -v fs=6m dev=/dev/hdc -

Which worked fine.


1. The error message is most definitely uninformative and lacking a key detail (the fs concerned - without which knowledge the problem is impossible to resolve, if the problem is external to nautilus-cd-burner)

2. nautilus-cd-burner possibly has a bug in its logic to assess whether there is sufficient space free (but see 1 - I cant say for sure).

I'm setting this to 'high' because while nautilus-cd-burner does not crash, it is rendered completely unuseable by this bug, when it strikes.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. drag files into cd-creator
2. get error message "not enough space on destination"
3. check that home and /tmp have plenty of space and inodes free, scratch head in bewilderment

Expected Results:  It should have:

1. Told me exactly which filesystem had insufficient space
2. If indeed this fs had enough space (which i think is possibly the case), it should not have produced the error in the first place

Additional info:

Comment 1 Matthew Miller 2006-07-10 20:46:56 UTC
Fedora Core 3 is now maintained by the Fedora Legacy project for security
updates only. If this problem is a security issue, please reopen and
reassign to the Fedora Legacy product. If it is not a security issue and
hasn't been resolved in the current FC5 updates or in the FC6 test
release, reopen and change the version to match.

Thank you!

Comment 2 Matthias Clasen 2008-02-04 06:06:35 UTC
Closing now, since too many FC releases have come and gone since this was marked

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