> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brian T. Schellenberger [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
> Sent: 21 February 2003 09:53
> To: Alistair Phillips; FreeBSD Questions
> Subject: Re: SoftUpdates on /
> On Friday 21 February 2003 08:10 am, Alistair Phillips wrote:
> | Hi guys,
> |
> | So I enabled SoftUpdates when I was busy with FDISK at the install
> | time and now it seems like it may have been a bad idea. Now I know
> | 4GB is not much but it seems that there is no more space left. And
> | at times df -h will tell me there is -180MB available on / 
> ! [ Dont
> | get me wrong here, I am
> | not saying that SoftUpdates is causing me lack of space. ]
> Softupdates don't take up any more or less space than not 
> having them; 
> just have "too much stuff" installed.
> Softupdates can cause *transient" failures to find space, but if you 
> still have too little space after five minutes, then softupdates has 
> nothing to do with it.
> And softupdates work much *better* on large partitions than 
> small ones; 
> with a 4G partition the transient space loss problem is virtually 
> non-existant; the reason that they disabled by default on / is almost 
> certainly because the / is usually *small*, not large.

Hi all,

Thanks for all the responses from everyone.  I just wanted to confirm
that there was nothing wrong with having soft updates installed.  As it
turns out "portsclean" is your friend!  I used that and it freeded up all
the missing space :)

Thanks a million!


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