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Re: [vox-tech] Mysteriously Expanding Home Directory
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Re: [vox-tech] Mysteriously Expanding Home Directory

Hard to say... there are tons of updates for RH 7.2, and 
doing the right stuff to apply them is nontrivial.  Up2date 
may have gotten confused.

You should definitely make an effort to understand what's
in your log files, and which services are running and why.

-- Rod

On Saturday 18 May 2002 11:59 pm, Richard Crawford wrote:
> Here's the scoop.
> I'm running RH 7.2, kernel 2.4.7-10.  My box had been up and running for
> two weeks solid, no problems.  A couple of days ago I installed some
> programs using Ximian's Red Carpet program and up2date; one of the
> up2date packages was a kernel update, but I'm not sure if that's
> relevant.
> Hm, I also installed Open Office this morning.
> Today I went away for several hours.  When I came back, I found a
> message that told me my MUA (Evolution) was unable to retrieve my
> messages from my mailspool because my device was full.  Confused, I ran
> df -h and found that /home was full to capacity, at 100%.  I deleted
> some software and removed a couple of old user directories, and had the
> /home directory at 96%.  Then I went to watch a movie, and when I came
> back, /home was back up at 100%.
> Reluctantly I rebooted the computer, just on a whim.  The bootup process
> noted some corrupted files and I had to run fsck / as root to fix the
> broken files.  When the system was up and running again, I found that I
> had to reconfigure Evolution for some reason, as if it had lost my user
> information.  All of my mailboxes and filters as well as old e-mails and
> contact and calendar information were in place still, fortunately.  I
> also ran df -h again and saw that /home is back down to 44%.
> I've checked the history file for root and my personal account, and
> nothing seems out of the ordinary.  I've checked "who" and "past" and
> find nothing untoward.
> My first thought was some sort of odd DoS attack (based only on
> something I read in one of my Linux books which suggested that a DoS
> attack could overwhelm your hard drive), but the fact that the df -h
> shows /home at 44% after rebooting suggests otherwise to my relatively
> inexperienced mind.  I've looked through my system logs and run dmesg,
> but, to be honest, I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking for.

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