I'm trying to find out what folders occupy / partition. I see that lots of disk space goes to jenkins directory

sudo du -sh /home/jenkins
289G    /home/jenkins

When I examine jenkins directory folder I get the largest folder is:

sudo du -sh /home/jenkins/*
137G    /home/jenkins/jobs

And rest of the folders are relatively small, tens of K/M... In total there are 50 folders under /home/jenkins.

How can I find who "eats" the space?


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    Make sure the du command is also looking at hidden files.
    – Peschke
    Mar 7, 2017 at 17:09
  • Not really sure what you mean by "eats". Are you trying to find the largest files within /home/jenkins/jobs? You also mentioned partitions, are you trying to find out what partitions they live on?
    – jiveturkey
    Mar 7, 2017 at 17:17
  • see also: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/48059/…
    – Jeff Schaller
    Mar 7, 2017 at 19:11
  • Thanks for your help. Indeed it was a hidden maven local repository .m2. Mar 8, 2017 at 8:40

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The difference between: sudo du -sh /home/jenkins and sudo du -sh /home/jenkins/* is that in almost all shells (with the default setttings), * does not include hidden files or directories. Hidden means names starting with a period (e.g., if there is a /home/jenkins/.temp/, that would not be included in the second du).

So it'd appear you have about 289-137=152 GiB of hidden files. The easiest way to find out where they are is something like this:

sudo du -m /home/jenkins | sort -nr | less

Taking off the -s will make du show you the subdirectories everything is in, which sounds like what you want. That'll include hidden ones. If that still doesn't find it, add an -a:

sudo du -am /home/jenkins | sort -nr | less

that will additionally show individual files, in case you have a few very large hidden files. It will probably also take a bit longer to run (adding files often greatly expands the output).

There are also graphical frontends you can use; personally, I use xdiskusage (but maybe just because I've been using it forever):

sudo du -am /home/jenkins | xdiskusage -

Look inside jobs with following command

du -sm /home/jenkins/jobs/* |sort -nr

I have suggested a reverse sort so largest are last, just above your new command line, -n specifies a numeric comparison, du output is set to always show as MB so that lines can be sorted sensibly.

edit: someone suggested also adding -a to du to count all files (including hidden) but comment has disappeared ?

  • Nice addition. Tks.
    – X Tian
    Mar 7, 2017 at 17:38
  • Sorry for the confusion—that was my comment, but then I realized I had a lot more suggestions than would fit in a comment so added my own answer (and deleted my comment).
    – derobert
    Mar 7, 2017 at 17:44

Use find command:

find /home/jenkins/jobs/ -type f -size +100M -exec ls -lh {} \;
  • hopefully they don't have hundreds of 99Mb files!
    – Jeff Schaller
    Mar 7, 2017 at 19:09

For a quick, graphical overview you can use Filelight, which makes it easy to follow the paths with the largest share of disk usage, or a similar utility:



Maybe these three options together can achieve the results that you're expecting:

-s, --summarize

display only a total for each argument

-c, --total

produce a grand total

-h, --human-readable

print sizes in human readable format (e.g., 1K 234M 2G)

linus@host: / $ sudo du -sch *
9,8M    bin
362M    boot
4,0K    cdrom
12K     dev
32K     docker
170M    etc
9,5G    data
36G     home
0       initrd.img
0       initrd.img.old
2,9G    lib
4,4M    lib64
16K     lost+found
84G     media
12K     mnt
1,1G    opt
du: cannot access ‘proc/6836/task/6836/fd/4’: No such file or directory
du: cannot access ‘proc/6836/task/6836/fdinfo/4’: No such file or directory
du: cannot access ‘proc/6836/fd/4’: No such file or directory
du: cannot access ‘proc/6836/fdinfo/4’: No such file or directory
0       proc
19M     root
du: cannot access ‘run/user/1000/gvfs’: Permission denied
1,7M    run
13M     sbin
4,0K    srv
0       sys
52K     tmp
7,5G    usr
14G     var
0       vmlinuz
0       vmlinuz.old

154G    total  

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