Backup partition (ext4) running out of space? tune2fs to the rescue!

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Published on January 14th 2016 - Listed in Linux


A partition, uniquely reserved for backups, was running out of space. To immediately free some space, I decided to remove the 5% reserved disk allocation (that's the ext4 default) and set it to 0%.

df before:

/dev/mapper/vgdata2-backup  ext4   906G  856G  3.7G 100% /backup

command:

tune2fs -m 0 /dev/mapper/vgdata2-backup

df afterwards:

/dev/mapper/vgdata2-backup  ext4   906G  856G   50G  95% /backup

Fast and easy.

Side note: Never do this on your system partition!


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