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DU: only show folders at depth

I'm getting output from du -h like the following: 103M ./.wine/drive_c/windows/mono/mono-2.0/lib/mono 103M ./.wine/drive_c/windows/mono/mono-2.0/lib 129M ...
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Find largest files of a particular owner

I accidentally chown'd my entire file system to a particular user, after correcting the issue I've found disk space still being consumed by that particular user's files even though their account ...
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Unable to copy large file onto ext2 usb stick [on hold]

I have an 8G usb stick (I'm on linux Mint), and I'm trying to copy a 5.4G file into it, but getting No space left on device The filesize of the copied file before failing is always 3.6G An output ...
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Nand Flash; MTD; UBI; Total Space

My question should stem from my misunderstanding of ubi and MTD. However, I can't figure it out by googling (And didn't find a good tutorial). I simply want to find out the total capacity of my Nand ...
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Ubuntu - No space left on device (NTFS)

I have a server which stores a lot of data, I keep many nested directories with millions of files in them. While trying to move one big directory (~700GB) from one disk to another I get an error: mv ...
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GNU/Linux, IO performance problems

I have some problems with my system performance. As I was adviced here, I used sar: $sar -u 5 and found out that the problems are caused by a low HDD performance, as I supposed (high %iowait). ...
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How to monitor per user disk usage in Linux

I have local disk with 2T capacity attached to a host. Nearly 60 user home directories are stored on this disk. Currently no disk quotas are enabled. I need monitor the disk usage of individual ...
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Tracking down where disk space has gone on Linux?

When administering Linux systems I often find myself struggling to track down the culprit after a partition goes full. I normally use du / | sort -nr but on a large filesystem this takes a long time ...
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du — ignore file not found errors

I'm trying to get the size of a folder an application is currently writing to. If I run the du command it sometimes fails with the error: du: cannot access `/a/b/a.txt': No such file or directory ...
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How to recursively find the amount stored in directory?

I know you are able to see the byte size of a file when you do a long listing with ll or ls -l. But I want to know how much storage is in a directory including the files within that directory and the ...
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Search directories and return size / disk space usage for each

On my server I have a bunch of accounts that have WordPress installed and also have backup directories in the format: softaculous_backups. I can find all the directories using the command: $ find / ...
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Shell script to send an alert mail if disk usage exceeds 90%

I am new to shell scripting and want to implement a script on my server which will automatically send email alerts if the disk usage goes over 90% and second email alert when it goes over 95%. My ...
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Monitor a hard disk partition

I need to monitor a partition on a CentOS server (/, to be exact) and would like to be alerted when it is full or full to a certain percentage. What is a simple way (using built-in tools) to ...
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Why does `du -sh *` complain about invalid options?

I've searched my best through Google, but for the life of me I can't figure out what to use instead of * (asterisk) after a recent update (even Wikipedia seems to think du -sh * and du -sh * should ...
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Why doesn't df's output default to a human-readable format? [closed]

I mean, did the developers think people would enjoy reading 19478204 rather than 19 GB? Could it be that in the older systems there weren't as much disk space so it was OK back then to count ...
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How to clean up the rootfs partition or increase the size

Can't figure out how I should clean up my rootfs partition. It's 95% used, with total of 9.1G in space. Isn't that much for a root partition? This is my ouput of df -h command: /# df -h ...
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Find and remove large files that are open but have been deleted

How does one find large files that have been deleted but are still open in an application? How can one remove such a file, even though a process has it open? The situation is that we are running a ...
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How do I compress files in-place?

I have a machine with 90% hard-disk usage. I want to compress its 500+ log files into a smaller new file. However, the hard disk is too small to keep both the original files and the compressed ones. ...
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How to tell the sizes of files and folders, sorted, and in MB, GB, instead of a long integer? [duplicate]

On a Mac, using Bash, I tend to do du -sh * to tell the sizes of files and folders in the current directory, in MB and GB. But if I want to sort them by the sizes, I might do du -sh * | sort -g ...
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Why does Calamares think there isn't enough space?

I am exploring the Maui distro and this is my first experience with Calamares. During the 'prepare' stage of Calamares it complains that my system doesn't have at least 6GB of available drive space. ...
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How to understand what's taking up space?

I'm looking for a linux alternative to WinDirStat. I would like to know what is taking up space on my hard drives. A program that works on console and doesn't require a UI is preferred .
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Deleting files after booting from a USB drive

I am unable to boot my laptop and, from what I have read, it is due to the disk being full, which in turn is because Evolution downloaded 6000 emails, clogging the system. I can boot from a USB memory ...
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how do you sort du output by size?

How do you sort du -sh /dir/* by size? I read one site that said use | sort -n but that's obviously not right. Here's an example that is wrong. [~]# du -sh /var/* | sort -n 0 /var/mail 1.2M ...
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ext4 disk space not reclaimed after deleting files

I recently got a "device full" warning for a 2 Tb external ext4 drive. I deleted a bunch of files, about 90-100 Gb of old system backups, and since I did not want to empty all trash, I deleted the ...
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Change apt-get's installation path

I have a machine on which the root partition is running out of space. I have another disk on which there is plenty of free space. How do I configure apt-get to install packages on a different ...
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Why does Chromium use so much disk space on Gentoo Linux?

I am a newbie on Linux, and I have chosen Gentoo for my Linux distribution. I installed it in VirtualBox for practice purposes only, so I just gave it 10GB of disk space. Yesterday when I tried to ...
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Where are all the disks used?

This is almost a little embarrassing to ask, but I just can not figure this one out myself really. I'm trying to find out where the disks of my machine are used and if they are actually used at all. ...
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My /var/log/ is mysteriously filling up GBs in minutes! Any cure before I re-install Debian 7?

Good morning, fellow *nix enthusiasts! I have been using Debian 7 for a while now and after a recent upgrade I noticed I constantly kept running out space on my root partition. I mean to the point ...
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bind mounting and df output

I have a partition, /dev/sdb1, that gets mounted at /data. In /etc/fstab I have: /dev/sdb1 /data ext4 defaults 1 2 After that partition gets mounted, I then have the following ...
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How to remember the difference between du and df?

du and df do rather similar things, and so I always find myself typing the wrong one. I think if I knew what "du" and "df" stands for it might make it easier to remember which to use. What is a way ...
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How to `du` only the space used up by files that are not hardlinked elsewhere?

Using rsync --link-dest for space-saving snapshots, how can I figure out how much space I actually saved? Or more general: How to figure out how much space a directory uses considering only files ...
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How to list directory/file sizes in general on UNIX-like systems?

In general on a UNIX-like system (Linux, AIX) the following can list file/directory sizes in MByte, even if the filename is starting with a "-": du -sm -- * 2>/dev/null | sort -nr | head -25 ...
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du and ls commands reporting wrong directory size

I'm used to the du command. I often use it with -h option. I report the result in a text file which I use to track space consumers. But I was wondered today to see a directory being reported as using ...
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How to find which process is currently writing to the disk?

For some unknown reason there is no space left on my /, even 5 minutes after removing 300 MBs of junk packages, there is no space left again. So I've come to conclusion that there is some process that ...
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df vs. du: why so much difference? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is there a discrepancy in disk usage reported by df and du? df says 8.9G used by the partition mounted in / :~$ df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted ...
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How to check (simulate), how much space will be freed after I remove a btrfs subvolume?

The question is not trivial. BTRFS is COW file system and one object stored on hard disk can be referenced by many files. I use BTRFS snapshots as a part of a backup solution on my production ...
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monitor linux file systems using df

I use df -kh to get the file system usage, but the trouble is if there is any NFS mount failure in any of the boxes the command will hang. Is there a better way to monitor file systems other than df ...
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No space left on device, with 320 GB free

I'm a bit lost. I have a 500 GB external hard drive with its original filesystem still in place. The last command (dd writing to a file within this filesystem) failed with "no space left on device". ...
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How to mount sdb directly or using LVM partitions on sda?

I am new to LVM and VM yet, and I need to be able to access sdb like /mybackup/ 1 - should I have sdb1 created then mount? 2 - should I mount sdb as whole disk without LVM? 3 - create lvm and than ...
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Why are there so many different ways to measure disk usage?

When I sum up the sizes of my files, I get one figure. If I run du, I get another figure. If I run du on all the files on my partition, it doesn't match what df claims is used. Why are there so many ...
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What does the ouput of `du` mean?

I made a recursive copy of directory but according to du the two directories have different sizes. $ cp -r site2 site $ du site 838048 site/ca.oslin.org 276108 site/hts-cache 1114196 site $ du ...
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The df command shows incorrect data [duplicate]

I installed Linux Mint 17 on my Intel SSD320. Disk size is 80GB. I have root(dev/sda1) partition 79GB and 1GB swap. When I run command df -h, I get strange values. Souborový systém Velikost Užito ...
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Why do du's subdirectory values not sum up to total?

I'm trying to use du to investigate disk usage in a directory like so: du -hd1 | sort -rh This gives me a list that starts as follows 61G . 7.9G ./A 5.1G ./B 2.7G ./.C 1.6G ./.D ...
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space check on unix machines

I am having space issues on 1 of the UNIX servers. I am executing the below command to check the space utilization. But this command is very slow and takes hours of time to give the result. du -sg * ...
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Using snmpdf on a linux or unix machine

After searching and thrusting many different tries into play, I cannot find a command or variation of one that will print results different from: $ snmpdf -v 2c -c inserted_tries here Description ...
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How to get folder size ignoring hard links?

I use rsnapshot for backups, which generates a series of folders containing files of the same name. Some of the files are hard linked, while others are separate. For instance, hourly.1/file1 and ...
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How do I get the size of a directory on the command line?

I tried to obtain the size of a folder (containing folders and sub folders) by using the ls command with option l. It seems to work for files (ls -l file name), but if I try to get the size of a ...
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When using btrfs, why “Size”, “Used” and “Avail” values from df do not match?

I have similar problem like unix.stackexchange.com/questions/37489/ btrfs filesystem show Label: none uuid: 3fdeaf6d-ca88-4cc8-8405-f882f02693f7 Total devices 3 FS bytes used 1.53MB devid ...
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Disparity between output of `fsck` and `df`

fsck shows /dev/sda1 is okay, and uses 3811/49152 inodes and 105570/171776 blocks. df -i and df show that /dev/sda1 uses 443/239944 inodes and 0/959776 KiB. GParted shows /dev/sda1 uses ...
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How can I figure out the size of a block on a busybox device?

This is the output of df on my little embedded device: # df Filesystem 1k-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on rootfs 3008 3008 0 100% / /dev/root ...