Tool to show the recent disk space consumers?

Julian H. Stacey jhs at
Wed Jul 6 14:06:42 UTC 2011

Kurt Buff wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 12:37, Yuri <yuri at> wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > 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.
> >
> > Yuri
> kdirstat might prove useful, if it's run periodically.


Julian Stacey, BSD Unix Linux C Sys Eng Consultants Munich
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