CHAPTER 40Removing Large Files andLog Rolling

This chapter gives a few tips relating to moving or removing files that are consuming large amounts of disk space. In some cases you may have a file system that's filling up because a process adds copious amounts of entries to a log file. When you run into a large log file that is found to be the primary cause of a full file system, your first inclination may be to remove the file to reclaim space. However, this may not work as you might intend.

Before I go into why, let me first talk a little about files and their structure. The file name is the visible representation of an inode that allows you to access the data in the file. The inode contains all the important information about a file, such as ...

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