Tool to show the recent disk space consumers?

Lowell Gilbert Lowell at Be-Well.Ilk.Org
Tue Jul 5 22:31:37 UTC 2011

Yuri <yuri at> writes:

> I hit this problem periodically when a lot of disk space is gone and
> it's hard to tell where did it go. Once it was thunderbird writing
> huge index file as a consequence of some bug, on another occasion it
> was the bug in KDE writing some huge index somewhere in ~/.kde4.
> Is there a tool slowly indexing the file system and showing where
> exactly did the sudden growth of consumed space occur?
> I know about du(1) but I am looking for some program that can detect
> the dynamics and pinpoint the offending files.

A quick-and-rough approach that I sometimes use is to look at the
incremental backups...

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