How to find files that are eating up disk space
jalmberg at identry.com
Wed Dec 17 18:19:40 UTC 2008
>>> Is there a command line tool that will help me figure out where the
>>> problem is?
>> I should probably have mentioned that what I currently do is run
>> du -h -d0 /
>> and gradually work my way down the tree, until I find the
>> directory that is hogging disk space. This works, but is not
>> exactly efficient.
> "-d0" limits the search to the indicated directory; i.e. what
> you can see by doing "ls -al /". Not superior to "ls -al /" and
> using the Mark I eyeball.
sorry... I meant du -h -d1 <directory>
> What (I think) you want is "du -x -h /": infinite depth, but do
> not cross filesystem mount-points. This is still broken in that it
> returns a list where the numbers are in a fixed-width fiend which
> are visually distinguished only by the last letter.
> Try this:
> du -x /
> and run the resu;ts through "sort":
> sort -nr
> and those results through "head":
> head -n 20
Thanks to everyone that suggested this. A much faster way to find the
> I have a cron job which does this for /usr and e-mails me the
> output every morning. After a few days, weeks at most, I know what
> should be on that list ... and what shouldn't and needs
And this is a great proactive measure. Thanks
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