4GB suddenly vanished

Discussion in 'macOS' started by DerChef, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. DerChef macrumors 6502

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    Hi folks was playing a DVD this morning on battery power on my powerbook G4and when the DVD was paused the computer went to sleep.

    On waking over a "number or hours" my disk space has gone down by about 4 Gb.

    I presume something has been swapped from memory to disc when it went to sleep. I realise Unix based stuff uses ram and disc space dynamically.Only several hard boots have not restored the space.

    Tried running the chron scripts and zapping kernal and system caches but my 4 Gb has still gone

    any ideas:confused:
     
  2. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

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    Did you try simply removing the disk and resetting?

    EDIT: restarting. this isn't 1990's with NES.
     
  3. DerChef thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I thought thats what I said :cool:
     
  4. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    This sounds like a case for mad jew. Let's get him on it.

    Of course, he'll probably just tell you to move a .plist file to the desktop...
    ;) ;) ;)
     
  5. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

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    Gah, sorry. I was in a rush this morning, I just scanned the entry really fast.
     
  6. emw macrumors G4

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    Perhaps if it was a large swap file that somehow got corrupt, you could do a search by file size and look for a particularly large file. Then delete it.
     
  7. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    now mad jew is going to be so happy you said that he'll be typing with his boxer shorts on his head.
     
  8. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Or use OmniDiskSweeper. I find it a tiny bit more comprehensive. Oh, and make sure you're wearing underwear on your head... :p
     
  10. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    That's only for those of you Down Under who like to walk around upside down. ;)
     
  11. DerChef thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Found the problem I think

    Found the problem and it seems to be a fast ballooning windowserver_last.log file

    From a few forums it seems to be related to entering sleep mode and fast user switching.

    However it does not seem to want to die either via chron scripts, tinkertool system or even sudo rm /var/windowserver_last.log

    Oh joy not:(
     
  12. DerChef thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorted !

    must not have typed my sudo ............ quite right.:)

    Still disappointed that the Chron scripts didnt deal with it:mad:

    Thought that was their job:(

    Will be watching for the issue in future, disc space was going like fuel gauge on a hummer:rolleyes:
     

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