I ran a process that was writing stderr log messages to a file and didn't realize how fast the log file would grow. The result is that the log file filled up the entire rest of my hard drive and now when I try to remove the file using
rm, the computer freezes. I'm running OS X Mountain Lion and my primary hard drive is 2TB. The log file is consuming over 1TB of disk space.
Do I need to just let
rm run for a long time to remove a 1TB file? Should I just restore from a time machine backup?