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Re: [opensuse] Help - tmp full
  • From: Carl Hartung <suselinux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2009 11:36:07 -0500
  • Message-id: <200902251136.07588.suselinux@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On Wednesday 25 February 2009 11:19:09 Kai Ponte wrote:
On my son's laptop, I went to reboot this morning. (I was trying to see
why I couldn't connect via ssh.) On boot, I got a message that /tmp was
full and that the desktop manager would not start.

What do I do? It won't let me login.

Hi Kai,

Boot into rescue mode using an install CD or DVD.

The default login is 'root' with no password.

Mount the partition with /tmp and /var/tmp (usually '/')

Clear out both directories (i.e. 'cd /tmp' then 'rm -rf *' etc.)

umount '/' and 'init 6' to reboot

Once booted into desktop, launch YaST's "/etc/sysconfig Editor"

Drill down to 'System' -> 'Cron' -> 'TMP_DIRS_TO_CLEAR'

Add to settings: "/tmp /var/tmp" (no quotes)

Then go to 'System' -> 'Cron' -> 'CLEAR_TMP_DIRS_AT_BOOTUP'

Set to "yes" (no quotes)

This problem will not recur.

hth & regards,


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