After deleting files from ext filesystem, df still showing 100% usage

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Issue

  • a ext3 filesystem is 100% full, after deleting some files from that filesystem it stills shows 100% full.
  • there are no open files per lsof on this filesystem
  • the filesystem was unmounted and fsck was run but it showed everything was fine
  • mounting it again shows the same problem

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2

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