Today I found an "empty" directory with a size of 4MB.
It had no visible contents, so I tried
ls -lah. This showed me some hidden files (not very large). Searching for the reason why the directory was so large I found that the dot file (
.) had a size of 3.9MB.
Maybe this is a newbie question, but what gets stored in that file? Isn't that just a kind of link to the same directory?
Here is the shell output (anonymized):
-bash# more /proc/version Linux version 2.6.18-8.1.15.el5 (email@example.com) (gcc version 4.1.1 20070105 (Red Hat 4.1.1-52)) #1 SMP Mon Oct 22 08:32:04 EDT 2007 -bash# pwd /data/foo/bar/tmp -bash# ls -lah total 4.1M drwxrwxrwx 3 nobody nobody 3.9M Nov 21 10:02 . drwxrwxrwx 16 nobody nobody 4.0K Aug 27 17:26 .. -rw------- 1 root root 20K Oct 25 14:06 .bash_history ...