Files in /
norman.gray at glasgow.ac.uk
Tue Dec 4 10:09:49 UTC 2018
On 4 Dec 2018, at 6:37, Paul Schmehl wrote:
> When I use ls -lsah /root, I get a completely different list of files.
> But neither of these utilities show 627M used in root. Why can't I see
> what's using all this space in root? Am I using the wrong utilities to
> view the files? Is it something else?
The confusion may arise from an incomplete understanding of the term
'the root filesystem'.
That term refers to the filesystem starting at '/' (or, more precisely,
the on-disk structure which is mounted at the root directory '/').
That's distinct from '/root', which is merely a directory which is the
home directory of the user called 'root', which lives under '/'.
There's no real connection between these two uses of the word 'root',
but now you come to mention it, I can see where confusion is possible.
As Michael says, there's other stuff in the root directory '/':
% ls -F /
COPYRIGHT etc/ mnt/ root/ var/
bin/ home/ net/ sbin/ zroot/
boot/ lib/ pool/ sys@
dev/ libexec/ proc/ tmp/
entropy media/ rescue/ usr/
There is more detail in
<https://www.freebsd.org/doc/handbook/dirstructure.html>, and the 'Disk
Organization' chapter it links to.
Norman Gray : https://nxg.me.uk
SUPA School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow, UK
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