As you know if you’ve been following my ramblings, I have a 30 year old adult autistic son here on the farm. Having computer problems is pretty rare for him.
Linux Mint just runs and runs without issue, even though he may have 30 browser windows open on Youtube, 20 more Audacity instances, multiple Gimp projects, and who knows what else!
When he does have problems, it always seems to be at 2am when I’m fast asleep. This morning was no different.
First thing I always do, is VNC into his machine to see what’s up. That’s easy to do from my bedside computer.
Well, that didn’t work. OK, I’ll start an SSH session and see what’s running on his machine. Nope, that’s not working either. For that matter, his machine isn’t even showing up on the network!
Out of bed I go, wheeling into his room I find his computer sitting on the Mint login screen. That’s strange, since his machine auto logs him in. Fine, I try and log in. Nothing! Mint just sits in black for 20 seconds or so and then goes back to the login screen.
Fine, I’ll log myself in…. Nope, that does the same thing.
Finally, I scoot back to my bedroom and grab a Linux Mint thumb drive, shove it into his computer and boot to it. Once in, I open his hard drive as root, and find the problem right off the bat.
Zero space free on his drive!
Without having any disk space left, Mint couldn’t start a user session.
So I deleted several tens of gigs of old Youtube videos, closed the live session and rebooted.
Yahoo, it booted right up to his login. His tears dried up, he said thanks, and I went back to bed.
Trying to teach disk management to a severely autistic adult is near impossible. I have managed to teach him to at least empty his trash on those rare occasions when he does delete something.