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10.6: A workaround for an apparent low disk space bug System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintThere seems to be a bug in 10.6 (including 10.6.1) that I stumbled on when I ran out of disk space.

The OS popped up the usual Free up disc space and/or force quit some applications warning. After freeing up over a gigabyte of space, and clicking the Resume button, nothing happened -- the app(s) remained paused. I deleted another four gigabytes worth of files on the disk, but to no avail. The only option seemed to be to force quit the apps.

The fix is fairly simple:
  1. Free up some disk space, or close some of the memory hogging apps that aren't paused so you can save your work.
  2. Open up Activity Monitor and find the paused processe(s). Their entries will be red so they are easy to spot, and they'll say (Not Responding) beside their names.
  3. Note the process ID (PID) of the offending application(s);
  4. Open up Terminal.app, and type kill -CONT processid, where processid is the number you noted earlier, then press Return.
This will return your frozen apps to your control, ready to save and quit your work.

[robg adds: I can't confirm the out-of-disk-space-bug, but this hint discusses how to pause and resume apps from Terminal using the kill command.]
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10.6: A workaround for an apparent low disk space bug
Authored by: wallybear on Oct 22, '09 12:35:43PM

I stumbled in a similar problem in 10.5.x, with system stating that there was not enough disk space also if 5 Gb where available.



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It's disK not disC
Authored by: slb on Oct 23, '09 12:05:12PM

Disc is for optical media like CD or DVD.
Sorry, it's Friday :)



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It's disK not disC
Authored by: slb on Oct 23, '09 12:07:44PM

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2300?locale=en_US



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10.6: A workaround for an apparent low disk space bug
Authored by: sdunster on Oct 25, '09 08:36:52AM
I wrote a free menu-bar applet called Pauser to pause/continue processes a few years back. Just tested in SL - seems to work. I'll recompile to 64bit sometime.

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10.6: A workaround for an apparent low disk space bug
Authored by: clayhinson on Jun 03, '10 09:37:33AM

I just ran into this bug and can confirm that the solution works.

Thanks!



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