I don't have a separate / and /home partition, but I would want to know how much HDD space my system, applications and all of the configs take up?

I am asking because I might buy a very cheap SSD, but I am worried about the space constraints because I don't want to have to worry about space constraints when downloading a lot of stuff from the repository.


Run df -h / and note the space used. Then, as root, run du -sh /home. Subtract the second figure from the first. This gives you the amount used by the root filesystem, less any space consumed by /home.

Bear in mind you may have a swap volume using disk space too.

  • AFAIK putting swap on SSD may decrease its lifetime noticeably – Mahmoud Mostafa Oct 23 '16 at 10:36
  • Oh yeah, I should never put swap on SSD... I even have full disk encryption and I am not sure if that is good for an SSD. – Mario Kamenjak Oct 23 '16 at 11:38
  • This will give a good rough estimate, but will overstate the size of install+applications: various temporary-file collections (/tmp, /var/tmp, /run, etc.) and possibly virtual filesystems (/sys, /proc, etc.) will be included in the total. – Mark Oct 23 '16 at 18:56

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