Why removing contents of /proc does not free space when root file system is full

(Doc ID 1006094.1)

Last updated on JULY 29, 2016

Applies to:

Solaris Operating System - Version 8 6/00 U1 to 11 11/11 [Release 8.0 to 11.0]
All Platforms
***Checked for relevance on 04-Jul-2014***

Symptoms

This document provides the answer and further details to a commonly asked question :
"My root file system is full. Should I remove the contents of /proc ? "

The simple answer is no, but read on for the 'why not'. This document also provides a quick guideline of what to do in case of a full root file system.

Cause

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