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How much space is that folder taking up on your disk?

23rd July 2008

In Windows, it’s a matter of right-clicking on the folder and looking in its properties. I am sure that there is a better way of doing it in that ever pervasive operating system but, in the worlds of Linux and UNIX, the command line comes to the rescue as it is wont to do. What follows is the¬†command that I use:

du -sh foldername

The s option makes it present the total space taken up and leaving it out gets you a breakdown of how much space the subfolders are taking up as well. The h makes the sizes output more friendly to human eyes with¬†things like 10K, 79M and 51G littering what you get. The command itself is a much shorter way of saying “print disk usage”. It’s all quick and easy when you know it and very useful in this age of ever increasing data volumes.

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