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Steve Modica
Re: Big files swallowing hard disk
on Mar 13, 2012 at 12:03:22 pm

Those are kernel log files and they rotate regularly (kernel.log becomes kernel.log.1 etc).
They should not be so large. In fact, that's an amazing size. They are text files! 420GB of text is amazing. That's approximately 4 scientific libraries full of science books and journals (per file). with all of them together, your system is generating a library of congress or so each month :)

You probably can't open them with a normal editor because of their size. You can probably go into a terminal and do this:

cd /var/log
sudo bash (to become root)
head -100 kernel.log

This will dump the first 100 lines of the file. I imagine something is spewing messages very rapidly. You need to figure out what that is and stop it.

Steve

Steve Modica
CTO, Small Tree Communications


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