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i have ubuntu server and can not figure out with my space

Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/xvda1      8.0G  7.8G     0 100% /
udev            3.7G  8.0K  3.7G   1% /dev
tmpfs           746M  180K  745M   1% /run
none            5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
none            3.7G     0  3.7G   0% /run/shm
/dev/xvdb       414G  1.7G  391G   1% /mnt
overflow        1.0M  4.0K 1020K   1% /tmp

I want to use the device mounted on /mnt as my primary one, because I'm running out of space. But i don't know what /dev/xvda1 is stands for, any suggestions?

Maybe i can resize device mounted on /? How to do so?

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And here you have information about resizing xen disks: support.citrix.com/article/CTX125405 –  Dawid Meyer Apr 14 at 8:45

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The device xvda1 is a partition on a virtual hard disk, the equivalent of sda1.

  • xvd indicates a Xen virtual block device, while sd would be a physical disk.
  • a indicates the first disk
  • 1 indicates the first partition on the disk.

Broadly speaking, you can't do anything to your main boot partition - resize it, replace it etc - while you're booted from it.

I'm guessing this is a virtual machine on EC2? If so, be careful of using xvdb because it's probably ephemeral storage, which will disappear next time you reboot. You can use it for temporary files, log files etc, but it would be a very bad idea to use it for your actual data.

To expand the space on xvda1, you'll need to shut the machine down and edit its storage settings in the AWS console.

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