Unix for Dummies –musings from a gcc install

Unix admins are a curious bunch.

Exhibit A. Someone posted this message on one of the Unix chat boards:

Help! My gcc install failed. The error message I got is:

(sparc) 2.95.3
cpio: Cannot write “reloc/lib/gcc-lib/sparc-sun-solaris2.8/2.95.3/cc1”, errno 28
, No space left on device

And the answers from those helpful Unix admins on the board? They ranged from “You are running out of space.” to “run a df -k”.

Well, duh. I think common sense is not a popular trait among the admins.

The space error message is a problem commonly encountered during the installation of a very large package, like the gcc. 95% of the time, the answer is: the /var partition is almost full. Specifically, it is the /var/sadmin directory which contains all the package install information. To solve the problem, move the directory to another partition, and create a sym link in its old place.