Impossible to launch apps/login on disk full, no feedback

Bug #34075 reported by Fabián Rodríguez
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Mantas Kriaučiūnas
f-spot (Ubuntu)
gnome-volume-manager (Ubuntu)
Fix Released

Bug Description

Using Dapper, updated from lates March 5 nightly on i386

(this is not f-spot specific but rather distribution-wide, as opposed to another specific bug for f-spot I posted before - pls. re-assign to correct package).

After filling up a hard disk by copying large amounts of data to a standard home directory, the desktop reponds slowly and no applications can be started. Logout is OK, but user can't login back, GDM simply restarts.

This was reproduced several times with f-spot while importing a large library of images. The default option for importing in f-spot copies the pics files to local disk. This has been reported as a bug in f-spot too which should check for available fisk space before importing data (see linked bug).

Work around:
1) Use CTRL-ALT-F1 to gain access to console or boot in "recovery mode", login
2) "rm -rf ~/Photos" to erase all pictures imported and make room on the HD
3) reboot / relogin with GUI

description: updated
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Andrew Mitchell (ajmitch) wrote :

Not an f-spot bug, please refile/reassign against an appropriate package

Changed in f-spot:
status: Unconfirmed → Rejected
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Mantas Kriaučiūnas (mantas) wrote :

User should get a warning message, when volume, where user's home is located is on low disk space.
AFAIK *gnome-volume-manager* can monitor free space in the volume, so, maybe it can display a warning message, when volume, where user's home is located is on low disk space ?

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Martin Pitt (pitti) wrote :

g-v-m warns the user about low disk space since Dapper.

Changed in gnome-volume-manager:
status: Unconfirmed → Fix Released
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188236 (christian-bernstein) wrote :

I had the same problem after installing several files. Problem: For new or unexperienced user it is impossible to solve the problem, because they have no chance to access their computer (Who knows that CTRL-ALT-F1 reachs the terminal?).
There should be a warning, if disk space is running low, BEFORE one installs software on the system. If there exists already such a tool (??) it should be standard extension in the packet managers...

Especially for end users this is a really deadly bug, because they dont know how to fix it.

I also miss a standard tool to check disc-space and one to clean up the system automatically on low disc-space (like there is one in windows...)

Przemek K. (azrael)
Changed in baltix:
status: New → Invalid
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Mantas Kriaučiūnas (mantas) wrote :

Przemysław Kulczycki, please don't change the status of the bugs in Baltix distribution until you aren't Baltix developer or an active user
(see At least don't mark bugs, assigned to Baltix by main Baltix GNU/Linux developer (Mantas Kriaučiūnas), as invalid. If you wanna become Baltix developer please write me a letter.

Changed in baltix:
assignee: nobody → Mantas Kriaučiūnas (mantas)
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: Invalid → Confirmed
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