Folder and file sizes using Linux


I have ben using Linux for ages and always wanted to know the size of folders when using the command line.

I often used ..

df -h

.. to find how much space was left on the system drives – but what if you were in a sub-directory of your device and wanted to know which folders were the culprits for eating your away at your ~500GB drive…

du -hs *

That code will tell you the disk usage (du), using options to display the results in human readable form (-h) summarizing the folders only (s).

The * will recurse the current directory displaying results for all directories within you current directory.



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