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Bug 3123 - X and xdm won't start if /root is full
Summary: X and xdm won't start if /root is full
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: XFree86
Version: 6.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: David Lawrence
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Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 1999-05-28 14:48 UTC by whampton
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 1999-05-29 14:08:01 UTC

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Description whampton 1999-05-28 14:48:26 UTC
If /root is full, xdm tries to spawn the X server
several times for a minute or so, then dies dumping you
into the login prompt.  There is no message that
the /root partition is full.  XFS won't start as well.
In this failure mode, for newbies, there SHOULD be a
message or indication of the problem, and it should not
take a minute or so while the X server blinks and tries
to startup.  I have duplicated this on both of my Toshiba
Tecra 8000 laptops (neomagic driver).

Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-05-29 14:08:59 UTC
This is a linux (or even a unix) problem rather than an XFree86
problem. A fix to avoid the problem in the future is to partition your
disk so that root almost never runs out of space -- this usually
means putting /tmp, /var, and /usr on other partitions.

Comment 2 werner.brockhoven 1999-10-06 09:47:59 UTC
Yeah still ... I've had the problem.  And only after 2 reinstalls I
noticed that the root was full.  I agree that their should be some
sort of messages about this.

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