Yes, Bob you are right. The real problem was running KDE while logged in as root, not installing ports. I deleted all the files that KDE placed in / and now everything is fine.
Once again, thanks Ron > -----Original Message----- > From: Bob Johnson [SMTP:[EMAIL PROTECTED] > Sent: Saturday, 6 March 2004 3:24 PM > To: Ron Joordens > Subject: Re: /root file system full > > On Wednesday 03 March 2004 11:55 pm, you wrote: > > Bob, > > > > Thanks for taking the time to answer my query. > > > > My filesystem setup is the default one as suggested during the > > installation. IE. 128mb for /root, 512mb for /swap, 256mb for /var, > > 256mb for /tmp and the rest of the 6gb partition (slice) for /usr. > > > > A detail: / and /root are not the same thing. The "root" partition > is /, while /root is a directory named root in that partition. > > > I currently think as a result of some of the answers I have received, > > that the problem is that I have been logging in as root to install > > ports etc, when I should have been logging in as a user and doing an > > su to root to install. > > I don't believe this is your problem. It is a good security precaution, > but AFAIK, it won't affect where files end up when you install ports. > Some of the security issues are: doing routine operations as root > creates the risk that a minor typing error will do major damage that an > unprivileged user wouldn't be able to do; if an attacker manages to > steal your password, hijack a remote login session, or whatever, they > still won't have root access (make them work for it); on > multi-administrator systems it provides some degree of accountability; > it lets you prohibit remote logins by root (the FreeBSD default, by the > way); and more that don't come to mind at the moment. > > > Also running KDE etc while logged in as root > > may have written KDE files to me / directory. I know, silly boy, but > > to a beginner when the handbook says that ports can only be installed > > while logged in as root then I log in as root. The subtle difference > > between the two is nowhere explained. At least I haven't seen it. > > This part is accurate. Logging in to KDE as root will add some cruft to > your / partition. And KDE always writes stuff into /var/tmp (or /tmp > in older versions), regardless of which user invokes it. > > > > > I shall certainly take note of your advice and have a look at > > deleting any temp and uneccessary files, creating symlinks and > > making the filesystems larger when I reinstall, as I inevitably will. > > Probably sooner rather than later. > > > > The whole point to this installation was to evaluate and learn Linux > > and BSD OSes. I have started with FreeBSD (in at the deep end -:) and > > will soon try out some of the Linuxes such as Redhat, Slackware, > > Mandrake and Gentoo. I will then choose a couple I like and reinstall > > in a more permanent manner. Thus I will have more space to play with > > later. > > > > So far I really like FreeBSD and plan to stick with it. I'll upgrade > > to 5.2 next install though. > > > > Thanks again, > > > > Ron > > Good luck. > > - Bob _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"