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Why is the /dev/mapper/fedora-root partition so large?

asked 2015-02-14 09:11:17 -0500

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I am running out of space in my home directroy, however there is a bunch of unsed space in the /dev/mapper/fedora-root partition.

Why is this partition so large, and can I resize it with gparted to give the home directory more free space?

The results from running "df -H":

Filesystem               Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/fedora-root   53G  8.7G   42G  18% /
devtmpfs                 2.0G     0  2.0G   0% /dev
tmpfs                    2.0G   95k  2.0G   1% /dev/shm
tmpfs                    2.0G  971k  2.0G   1% /run
tmpfs                    2.0G     0  2.0G   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
tmpfs                    2.0G   21k  2.0G   1% /tmp
/dev/sda1                500M  165M  305M  36% /boot
/dev/mapper/fedora-home   69G   52G   14G  79% /home
tmpfs                    384M   17k  384M   1% /run/user/1000
tmpfs                    384M     0  384M   0% /run/user/0
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answered 2015-02-14 19:08:52 -0500

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updated 2015-02-17 17:50:12 -0500

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Thanks for the response.

I tried to resize it with gparted, but since my hard drive is encrypted, resizing it is becoming pretty complicated. I may just nuke my install and start again.

I still don't understand why it allocated so much space for the root partition. I recalled choosing an automated option during the install. But I am new to Fedora, so the installer was confusing.

LooseTux gravatar imageLooseTux ( 2015-02-15 18:56:25 -0500 )edit

Yes, I am wrong. If your partitions are encrypted you are not able to use gparted for resizing. Sorry, I could have seen this in your original post (/dev/mapper/...)

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2015-02-17 15:48:03 -0500 )edit

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