I have Manjaro XFCE installed on my desktop PC, and the installation is rather new (about a month old). I made a separate partition for it (sda5 - sda disk is a SSD disk). I gave that partition about 29 Gb upon creation, thinking that it would probably be enough since I don’t actually keep a lot of data on the disk where the OS is installed (I have an external hard drive for that).
Yesterday, however, while I was trying to copy a bit larger video file from one folder to another, Manjaro said it ran out of space… and that I need to free it up. I looked at Gparted and indeed it looked as if I ran out of space. I was using about 28.9 out of 29 GB in total. I thought that running out of space so quickly was pretty strange, especially since my Home folder takes up only 16,6 Gb, and I don’t have many programs installed at the moment.
Thankfully, there was a large swap file (20 Gb right after sda5, so I managed to reduce this swap file and extend sda5 with that free space… of course, I did that from Live Manjaro USB installation).
So, yesterday I managed to add another 9 Gb from the swap file to sda5 and today File Manager would report that I have about 9 Gb free space. Fine enough. But then I installed Mame emulator from Pamac and lo and behold, File Manager started to show only 7 Gb free space!
I uninstalled Mame emulator from Pamac, but File Manager still shows only 7.7 Gb free space on sda5. I think that’s really strange. If I uninstalled the program that lowered the amount of free space, shouldn’t that have returned the free space to about 9 Gb? Also, why would the installation of a program such as Mame, which is only about 434 Mb cause such a big reduction in disk free space (from 9Gb to 7Gb)? I find that also quite weird.
Strangely enough, GParted still reports about 9 Gb of free space on sda5. Please take a look at the screenshots. Does anyone have any idea how to find out what’s happening with free space and how to make sure that there is no virus or rogue program which is eating it up?
this is the output of inxi -Fazy
System: Kernel: 5.9.16-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0 parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.9-x86_64 root=UUID=ca2bd929-9950-4937-95a7-b61d98c0082f ro verbose apparmor=1 security=apparmor udev.log_priority=3 Desktop: Xfce 4.16.0 tk: Gtk 3.24.24 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm4 vt: 7 dm: LightDM 1.30.0 Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux Machine: Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P7P55D PRO v: Rev 1.xx serial: <filter> BIOS: American Megatrends v: 2101 date: 09/27/2012 CPU: Info: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5 750 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Nehalem family: 6 model-id: 1E (30) stepping: 5 microcode: A cache: L2: 8 MiB flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 21406 Speed: 1939 MHz min/max: 1200/2668 MHz boost: enabled Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1939 2: 2174 3: 1987 4: 1937 Vulnerabilities: Type: itlb_multihit status: KVM: VMX disabled Type: l1tf mitigation: PTE Inversion; VMX: conditional cache flushes, SMT disabled Type: mds status: Vulnerable: Clear CPU buffers attempted, no microcode; SMT disabled Type: meltdown mitigation: PTI Type: spec_store_bypass mitigation: Speculative Store Bypass disabled via prctl and seccomp Type: spectre_v1 mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization Type: spectre_v2 mitigation: Full generic retpoline, IBPB: conditional, IBRS_FW, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling Type: srbds status: Not affected Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected Graphics: Device-1: AMD Juniper PRO [Radeon HD 5750] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: radeon v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 1002:68be class-ID: 0300 Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.10 driver: loaded: ati,radeon unloaded: modesetting alternate: fbdev,vesa display-ID: :0.0 screens: 1 Screen-1: 0 s-res: 1920x1080 s-dpi: 96 s-size: 508x285mm (20.0x11.2") s-diag: 582mm (22.9") Monitor-1: VGA-0 res: 1920x1080 hz: 60 dpi: 102 size: 477x268mm (18.8x10.6") diag: 547mm (21.5") OpenGL: renderer: AMD JUNIPER (DRM 2.50.0 / 5.9.16-1-MANJARO LLVM 11.1.0) v: 3.3 Mesa 20.3.4 compat-v: 3.1 direct render: Yes Audio: Device-1: Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 chip-ID: 8086:3b56 class-ID: 0403 Device-2: AMD Juniper HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5700 Series] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 1002:aa58 class-ID: 0403 Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.9.16-1-MANJARO running: yes Sound Server-2: JACK v: 0.125.0 running: no Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 14.2 running: yes Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.23 running: no Network: Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: ASUSTeK M4A785/P7P55 driver: r8169 v: kernel port: c800 bus-ID: 02:00.0 chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200 IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> Device-2: ASUSTek USB-N13 802.11n Network Adapter (rev. B1) [Realtek RTL8192CU] type: USB driver: rtl8192cu bus-ID: 2-1.3:5 chip-ID: 0b05:17ab class-ID: 0000 serial: <filter> IF: wlp0s29u1u3 state: up mac: <filter> IF-ID-1: tun0 state: unknown speed: 10 Mbps duplex: full mac: N/A Drives: Local Storage: total: 2.85 TiB used: 28.49 GiB (1.0%) SMART Message: Required tool smartctl not installed. Check --recommends ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Samsung model: SSD 840 EVO 120GB size: 111.79 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: <unknown> rotation: SSD serial: <filter> rev: BB6Q scheme: MBR ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Western Digital model: WD10EZRX-00A8LB0 size: 931.51 GiB block-size: physical: 4096 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> rev: 1A01 scheme: MBR ID-3: /dev/sdc maj-min: 8:32 type: USB vendor: Kingston model: DataTraveler 3.0 size: 14.41 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B serial: <filter> scheme: MBR ID-4: /dev/sdd maj-min: 8:48 type: USB vendor: Western Digital model: WD Elements 25A1 size: 1.82 TiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B serial: <filter> rev: 1005 scheme: GPT Partition: ID-1: / raw-size: 38.83 GiB size: 38.1 GiB (98.11%) used: 28.49 GiB (74.8%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5 maj-min: 8:5 Swap: Kernel: swappiness: 60 (default) cache-pressure: 100 (default) ID-1: swap-1 type: partition size: 9.99 GiB used: 0 KiB (0.0%) priority: -2 dev: /dev/sda6 maj-min: 8:6 Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 48.5 C mobo: 39.0 C gpu: radeon temp: 47.0 C Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 2636 psu: 0 case-1: 0 case-2: 0 Power: 12v: 12.21 5v: N/A 3.3v: 3.39 vbat: N/A Info: Processes: 236 Uptime: 41m wakeups: 0 Memory: 5.8 GiB used: 1.73 GiB (29.9%) Init: systemd v: 247 tool: systemctl Compilers: gcc: 10.2.0 Packages: pacman: 1399 lib: 432 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.0 running-in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.3.03