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Basically I have this simplified file systems:

File system           Dim. Usati Disp. Uso% Montato su
/dev/md1               10G  4,0G  5,5G  43% /
/dev/md2              683G  438G  211G  68% /home

I am now removing some files within my /home dir, and I see that the free space of the first partition increases (/)

Is there any correlation between files stored in /dev/md2 and /dev/md1 ? Maybe inodes of /home files are stored within /dev/md1 ?

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I am now removing some files within my /home dir, and I see that the free space of the first partition increases (/) -- Can you provide a 'before' and 'after' picture showing this? The filesystem size of / will change throughout the day, because it includes directories which change often, like /var and /tmp . –  Stefan Lasiewski Jun 18 '12 at 22:30
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There is nothing that relates the filesystems like that except for possibly symlinks. Hopefully you don't have too many of those from /home to big files in / that you are removing (maybe logs?)

The other potential cause is that files you rm'd from / are being cleared as the last handle on them closes.

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