I have a few large NFS file servers, holding about 1Tb of diskspace each. I break those logical disks (it's on a hardware RAID) into partitions, and share them. My users fill up the partitions often enough, and when they do, they rm entire directory trees to free the space. They use du to determine how much space is in a directory and how much they are hogging.

The problem I'm having is, after they do the rm's, it doesn't free the disk space. df shows it still being used, but du claims their directories are empty.

If I reboot the file server, the space magically appears.

I was thinking that it was because a process was using the data, or directories the data was removed from, so the blocks weren't actually freed, but that seems a little odd to me, since they claim (and different users have the same issues, and make the same claims) that nothing should be touching those areas at all.

How do I get FreeBSD to release those blocks without rebooting?


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