New Beaglebone with Storage Almost Full

We have used about 7 Beaglebone Blacks with Debian 7 right out of the box with great results. Usually have about 1.6GB of free storage after all updates and software loads for our project.

We just received 11 new Beaglebone Blacks with Debian 8. Almost no free storage right out of the box. What are we missing?? What might be taking up all the storage? We don’t have much Linux knowledge, so HELP!!!

Wow, that’s weird. Are you able to get to a terminal and run this command?

df -h

Here is what my BBGW shows:

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
udev 10M 0 10M 0% /dev
tmpfs 98M 2.8M 95M 3% /run
/dev/mmcblk1p1 3.6G 1.7G 1.7G 50% /
tmpfs 245M 0 245M 0% /dev/shm
tmpfs 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
tmpfs 245M 0 245M 0% /sys/fs/cgroup

This is a Debian 8 IOT images, and about half of the storage is used. Plenty for more stuff!

The only thing I can think of is to run the partition expander script:

sudo /opt/scripts/tools/

Check before and after running above script. I hope it helps, but no promises.


Greg - Thanks for the feedback. From my new Beaglebone Blacks:

Debian release: (uname –r): 4.4.9-ti-r25

df –h:

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on

udev 10M 0 10M 0% /dev

tmpfs 99M 8.4M 91M 9% /run

/dev/mmcblk0p1 3.5G 3.2G 57M 99% /

tmpfs 247M 4.0K 247M 1% /dev/shm

tmpfs 5.0M 4.0K 5.0M 1% /run/lock

tmpfs 247M 0 247M 0% /sys/fs/cgroup

tmpfs 50M 0 50M 0% /run/user/1000

Apparently something in my “/” mount is taking up most of the storage. This is an out of the box unit - as received. My next step will be to start comparing all the stuff under “/” to my Debian 7 units to see what’s different. I don’t know enough about Debian to spot the obvious otherwise.

But it seems like a flaw to receive 11 new units, all with almost no available storage.

Thanks for your help. Any other ideas before I start ignorantly searching?


Mark Vinson

The Beaglebones in question were distributed by Mouser (their part # 958-BBB01-SC-505), and show “ Black Rev C - manufactured by GHI Electronics” on each box.

uname -a returns:

Linux beaglebone 4.4.9-ti-r25 #1 SMP Thu May 5 23:08:13 UTC 2016 armv7l GNU/Linux

You just have an older version, feel free to flash the lastest
monthy/weekly snapshots of Jessie/Stretch:

console/iot/lxqt images available: