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df reports the percentage of used blocks relative to the blocks not reserved for root use (by default I think it's 5% of the drive in ext3). It can be changed by using the -m option of tune2fs e.g. to set it to 2% tune2fs -m 2 /dev/sdXY The reserved blocks allow system daemons to keep going even when the disk is full, while non-root processes will not be ...

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