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No space left on the device even though VM size is 40 GB and total file system usage is 9.5 GB on linux [closed]

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http://stackoverflow.com – i am running into an space issue on my 64 bit Ubuntu running on Virtual machine even though the space available is 40 GB and total file system usage is 9.5 GB it shows me total usage 37 GB where is my remaining space being used ? and even if it is being used somewhere i still have 3 GB left on my device why it gives the error message "No space left on the device" when i create a file of few KB. here is the output of df command Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 40321516 25065652 13207928 66% / udev 870180 8 870172 1% /dev tmpfs (HowTos)