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Unix Systems Administrator Interview

-Bothell, WA


A UNIX fie system has been reported at 100% full. You log in and clear what appears to be the offending file. However, the file system still reports to be 100% full. What could cause this?>

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Use the lsof utilty (List Open Files) to identfy the process

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Kill or restart the process which has been still looking for deleted file

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In this case the answer accepted was. "The file that you cleared was still open by the calling application. The file handle was still in use and the file system was not recognizing that the space had been released.

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