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Amazon EC2 – disk full [closed]

Posted by: admin November 30, 2017 Leave a comment


When I run df -h on my Amazon EC2 server, this is the output:

[[email protected] ~]$ df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/xvda1             25G   25G     0 100% /
tmpfs                 4.0G     0  4.0G   0% /dev/shm

for some reason something is eating up my storage space.

Im trying to find all of the big files/folders
and this is what i get back:

[[email protected] ~]$ sudo du -a / | sort -n -r | head -n 10
993580  /
639296  /usr
237284  /usr/share
217908  /usr/lib
206884  /opt
150236  /opt/app
150232  /opt/app/current
150224  /opt/app/current/[deleted].com
113432  /usr/lib64

How can I find out whats eating my storage space?


Well, I think its one (or more) logfiles which have grown too large and need to be removed/backupped. I would suggest going after the big files first. So find all files greater than 10 MB (10 MB is a big enough file size, you can choose +1M for 1MB similarly)

sudo find / -type f -size +10M -exec ls -lh {} \;

and now you can identify which ones are causing the trouble and deal with them accordingly.

As for your original du -a / | sort -n -r | head -n 10 command, that won’t work since it is sorting by size, and so, all ancestor directories of a large file will go up the pyramid, while the individual file will most probably be missed.

Note: It should be pretty simple to notice the occurence of similar other log files/binaries in the location of the files you so find, so as a suggestion, do cd in to the directory containing the original file to cleanup more files of the same kind. You can also iterate with the command for files with sizes greater than 1MB next, and so on.


At /, type du -hs * as root:

$ sudo su -
cd /; du -hs *

You will see the full size of all folders and identify the bigger ones.


Only Rebooting the instance solved my problem


/dev/xvda1       8256952 7837552         0 100% /
udev              299044       8    299036   1% /dev
tmpfs             121892     164    121728   1% /run
none                5120       0      5120   0% /run/lock
none              304724       0    304724   0% /run/shm


/dev/xvda18256952 1062780   6774744  14% /
udev              299044       8    299036   1% /dev
tmpfs             121892     160    121732   1% /run
none                5120       0      5120   0% /run/lock
none              304724       0    304724   0% /run/shm


This space is consumed by mail notifications

you can check it by typing

sudo find / -type f -size +1000M -exec ls -lh {} \;

It will show large folders above 1000MB

Result will have a folder


You can free that space by running the following command

> /var/mail/username

Note that greater than (>) symbol is not a prompt, you have to run the cmd with it.

Now check you space free space by

df -h

Now you have enough free space, Enjoy… 🙂


ansh0l’s answer is the way to go to find large files. But, if you want to see how much space each directory in your files system is consuming, cd to the root directory, then do du -k --max-depth=‘. This will show you how much space is being consumed by each subdirectory within the root directory. When you spot the culprit, cd to that directory then run the same command again, and repeat, until you find the files that are consuming all of the space.


If you have any snapshots against the file system the usage doesn’t show in the O/S.

So the longer you leave your snapshot the more disk it will consume on your current volume. If you delete the snapshot, then reboot the missing disk capacity will re-appear.