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FAQs related to Linux instance disk space

Last Updated: Dec 17, 2020

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This article describes FAQs related to Linux instance disk space.



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The following table lists the common issues that may occur during Linux of disk space ECS instances.


Disk space full

For more information, see how to troubleshoot the Linux instance disk space and inode full problem.


Run the df and du commands to check whether the disk space size is inconsistent.

For more information, seethe df and du commands are inconsistent when viewing the disk.


Run the df command to check whether the disk space is negative.

Problem description

When using a Linux server, a negative value is displayed sometimes when you run the df-h command to View disk usage.



Disk partitions in Linux have the concept of a reserved zone, which reserves 5% or more space for root or specified users. When using the space in this reserved zone, the calculation of fdisk is negative.



You need to run the rm command to delete large files from the disk, release the occupied space, and then run the df command to query the disk usage.


Application scope

  • ECS