'/proc/kcore' file is (apparently) 128T

Hi, since a couple of weeks I have an unstable Wordpress site on a DigitalOcean droplet. The actual WP backup file is about 150MB. After investigating file sizes (df -h) it turns out that ‘/dev/vda1/’ has used 20G (of 25G) and ‘/proc/kcore’ is even 128T…

Is there a way to ‘shrink’ these files of delete old logs?


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June 15, 2020
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Hi @olivervogt,

I’ll recommend finding out which service is using this process and restarting it. The process itself can’t hold 128T of space due to the fact the droplet doesn’t have as much.

As for the space issue, what I’ll recommend is using something in the midst of

This command will find the 5 biggest directories in your /

du -sh / | sort -n -r | head -n 5 

To display the largest folders/files including the sub-directories, run:

du -Sh / | sort -rh | head -5

If you want to display the biggest file sizes only, then run the following command:

find -type f -exec du -Sh {} + | sort -rh | head -n 5

I’ll recommend using these commands to try and find out where the biggest files are located and if they are logs truncate them or if anything else deal with them accordingly.

It’s possible your website has grown in space and you just need to upgrade our space. Having said that, you’ll need to decide that on the spot once you know where the space issues are coming from.

Regards, KDSys

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