Originally posted by costique
OMG! This is, in fact, a dangerous thing. You could screw up your HFS file structure. There have been known issues when HFS partitions died after they ran out of space. I guess it has to do with OS unable to write the latest FS modifications to the disk.
I suggest you file the bug report to Apple. Either Panther shouldn't install on such a small partition, or... I don't know what.
I don't know all of that. I think OS X has gotten a good deal better with disk hygiene (not that it was bad before) with Panther: when plugging in my iPod, it prompted me instantaneously that I had little disk space left, and that I'd better remove some stuff. Of course, I'm not down with that. My early 10 GBs are always filled to the brim. Although, come to think of it, I had to factory-restore my iPod yesterday.