What would possibly cause 8 GB to download in the background?

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What would possibly cause 8 GB to download in the background?

Postby otacon14112 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:57 pm

I suddenly got an alert saying that I had 1.4 GB of disk space remaining. I should have over 9 GB free (I should have allocated more when I set it up to dual boot with Windows 10). I restarted, and the space is still used up, 1.4 GB are still remaining. I've very conscious about my disk usage, and I cannot come up with any explanation. I frequently monitor my network usage, and in fact, during this time I hadn't been paying much attention to my network usage, and it was during this time of rare network supervision that the disk alert occurred. I then looked at my network usage, and indeed it was downloading data at several MBytes/sec. Update manager did not appear to be working. I don't recall ever seeing this before. Updates are manual, not automatic.

I'm using LM 17.3 Rosa, Mate, 16 GB RAM.

Linux gamingcomputer 4.4.0-36-generic #55~14.04.1-Ubuntu SMP Fri Aug 12 11:49:30 UTC 2016 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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Re: What would possibly cause 8 GB to download in the background?

Postby administrollaattori » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:55 am

For revealing the space-eater, open Terminal and run the next commands

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cd /

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sudo du -k "$@" | sort -n | while read size fname; do for unit in k M G T P E Z Y; do if [ $size -lt 1024 ]; then echo -e "${size}${unit}\t${fname}"; break; fi; size=$((size/1024)); done; done

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Re: What would possibly cause 8 GB to download in the background?

Postby Pierre » Mon Oct 23, 2017 1:12 am

how many Kernel updates, have there been ?

these can eat up lots of space in / root folder or partition.
- they can be removed with Package Manager AKA synaptic.
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