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Update requires 500MB Warning. [answered]

asked 2016-12-14 06:16:05 +0300

DarkTuring gravatar image

updated 2016-12-14 19:28:45 +0300

Warning in settings

Update requires 500MB of free space warning.

Has anybody seen that for and if i only have 300MB available how do you clear space?

System memory use

Tricky thing is within system memory you dont know where that is based in and which app uses all the cache.

Here are my top level storage partitions.

Int and Ext and Sys Mem

Here are the /dev/disk folders:

dev disk by uuid dev disk by id

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Which device only has 2GB total memory?

juiceme ( 2016-12-14 07:25:43 +0300 )edit

indeed 2gb sounds suspiciously low.

tortoisedoc ( 2016-12-14 08:04:03 +0300 )edit

@juiceme@tortoisedoc i updated the post to show my other storage. I have a lot more actually 256GB (1/2 on ext SD) total so not sure why SFOS limits to 2.1GB.

DarkTuring ( 2016-12-14 09:23:43 +0300 )edit

Ah, I did not realize you have da Turing device! :)

I am not very familiar with that so cannot say offhand but it is possible that your storage device (which usually is /dev/mmcblk0) is partitioned so that some partitions run out of space even though there's plenty of space left on the device as whole.

Could you please post the output of command "df -h" ?

juiceme ( 2016-12-14 09:57:15 +0300 )edit

funny is that there is a system data and user data. and user data is really huge comparing to system data. normally it is not the contrary on any linux distribution?
in jp1 there is just one...

cemoi71 ( 2016-12-14 10:12:48 +0300 )edit

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answered 2017-02-09 10:07:35 +0300

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Please check following post, if you can provide that information lets see what is the issue of yours.


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@Sage thank you i ran the scripts, and will review the file output to see what can be deleted.

DarkTuring ( 2017-02-09 17:36:57 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-12-23 10:45:42 +0300

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updated 2016-12-23 10:46:21 +0300

rm /var/log/zypper.log
rm /var/log/zypp/history

check journalctl --disk-usage also

it helped me to free 550MB of logs :D

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Depends on if you have zypper. It's not installed by default and many people prefer pkcon.

juiceme ( 2016-12-23 14:46:04 +0300 )edit

i know a lot of normal users installing zypper just because they see it in some articles :D

coderus ( 2016-12-23 19:16:46 +0300 )edit

@coderus thank you i checked zypper log files and journalctl disk usage:

[root@localhost nemo]# journalctl --disk-usage Journals take up 7.8M on disk

Its within normal range.

DarkTuring ( 2016-12-23 19:56:30 +0300 )edit

@coderus, i seem to have found something though zypp related: ".pk-zypp-dist-upgrade-cache*" in the order of 334MB!

I assume the above data cache is safe to delete?

Interesting this was in my /home folder with user root attached, i wonder if that meams its part of the root LVM taking up space even though its inside the home folder ?!

DarkTuring ( 2016-12-23 20:25:40 +0300 )edit

this is actually packages cache for update you trying to install :)

coderus ( 2016-12-23 20:26:26 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-06-20 03:05:44 +0300

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Answered here:


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It's not the answer it's a workaround unfortunately, there is something in the space that should be deletable to fix the issue without digging into the limited user memory further (XperiaX I have only 1.5gb free)

SymbianRefugee ( 2018-07-01 08:04:21 +0300 )edit

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