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Strange Spike in Disk Space

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Connor Smith, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. Connor Smith

    Connor Smith Registered

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    For about 3 days my server disk space has been up at around 80-99% when it is usually around 30%.

    I have tried to pinpoint the larger files through the terminal, but can't seem to get anywhere.

    When in the furthest back directory in the terminal (/) and I run du - msh, I get 15GB. However, when I run df -h I get 37GB used.

    Wondering if someone can point me in the right direction as to how to reduce the disk usage back to its normal values.

    I did notice that my SMTP relay spiked to 5000 also, I presume these are somehow related?

    The VPS I use didn't have any changes made to it, just suddenly seen a spike in the stats.

    Thanks.
     
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    cPanelLauren Forums Analyst II Staff Member

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    Hi @Connor Smith

    Since your profile says you are a root administrator I'll assume you have root access. Could you please run the following:

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    cd /
    du -h --max-depth=1
    This moves you out of root's homedir /root and into / from here you run the du command which should give you a relatively good idea where all the disk space is being allocated. Also can you run the following:

    Code:
    df -kh
    And provide the output?

    Thanks!
     
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    Thank you for your help. I managed to solve the issue, back at a normal percentage again!

    Thanks guys.
     
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    Hi @Connor Smith

    If you're able to please let us know how you resolved the issue as it might help someone else.

    Thanks!
     
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