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    robert20
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    VPS CentOS disk quota filling up by itself, restart fixes it sometimes

    I had VPS CentOS issues with quota for months, since the start.

    I am at 44% in df command, but after a few days it goes up to 50, 60, 80, 100%.

     

    My filesystem check with du -s * from root or /var/www only accounts for 40gb, but the system says I am using 100gb.

     

    Restarting with shutdown -r now may or may not clean it up to get back to the real 44%. Either nothing happens with df (same 100% read) or it drops a little. Last time I had to do 2 restarts in a row to get from 100% to 44%. Other times even 10 times doesn't do that.

     

    When it is at "100%", there may be 12MB left, but in 5 minutes it's down to 4MB left. 

     

    Linux ip-....ip.secureserver.net 3.10.0-1127.19.1.el7.x86_64 #1 SMP Tue Aug 25 17:23:54 UTC 2020 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

     

    There are no cron jobs of mine, no scripts that run and use temp resources and free them, this is some kind of a virtualization tool issue.

    If left alone, the issue may fix itself within hours, or at least drop.

     

    The only suspects I had were the log and error files, all within /var/www but they are minor, and when erased don't even effect the df percentage.

     

    I called support and I get no help (can't talk to anyone technical) at all other than $80 fee offer to let a sysadmin to diagnose it. Which will start with a system restart, which will eventually fix it after a few restarts... done! $80 for nothing. Issue not resolved, it is going to happen in a few days, as it has for the past 2-3 months. So then I can pay that again and not get it resolved.

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    I would do

    cd /

    then 

    du -sh * this way it gives you size of each folder then you can drill down from there - I still believe it is a log file - but it seems odd that a reboot would clear it

     

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    PL281
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    @robert20 

     

    This sounds like you have a log file that is running away. The /var/www is the main root of the server - more than likely this is one of the cPanel accounts having the issue (I'm assuming you are running WHM / cPanel)

     

     

    I would do a du -sh * on the /home directory

    This will then tell you which cPanel account account has the largest amount of space

     

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    I am not using cPanel. All setup was done from command line, including Apache setup. Single account in /home.

    System log/error files are too small from default logging to fill 60gb. And go away from a restart? That doesn't make sense. I erase the big ones during issues, no effect because they are too small. du -s in /var/www shows 40gb use then and always. du -s in / (root) only shows /var/www as main disk user at 40gb, all else is negligible.

     

    Restarts usually fix it. No issue since last 2 restarts 12 hours ago, but it will be coming back again and again. It shows up every few days.

    I suspect a Virtualization setup that is part of VPS, but I will never know because GoDaddy will not look into it, because I can't get past salesmen on the phone who refuse to even pass on a page of info to a sysadmin, which shows the unaccounted for 60gb between "du" and "df" when the issue happens. Until many people complain it's not considered an issue to spend time on.

    @robert20 

     

    I would do

    cd /

    then 

    du -sh * this way it gives you size of each folder then you can drill down from there - I still believe it is a log file - but it seems odd that a reboot would clear it

     

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