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wait, is ext4 really that large of a filesystem? df -m tells me my root partition is ~6900 mb, but gparted can't resize it below 8048 mb.

maybe i should switch to a different fs...

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@devurandom can't delete inodes in an existing fs and they're probably taking up most of that 8GB

@flussence yeah, seems like that's the issue. i've backed up all the data onto a btrfs partition, and the overhead is way lower.

in fact, i just did a full backup and reformat, so my root partition is now btrfs.

@devurandom What are the guarantees that all the data is clustered on the start of the partition and not scattered?
I suspect that it would help even if you just re-do the filesystem and fill it from scratch.
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