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This article outlines everything I can think of about space on your server drives. What is taking up how much space where.

This guide is for an ssh connection to a Linux server.

First lets see what drives we have or "Display File system" information

#List all of your drives on the machine
df -h

h is the parameter for human readable

Next lets navigate to the directory that you want to check. This could be root, but in my case it is my shared directory

cd /share/MD0_DATA
next lets create a report of our directory or "Display Usage"
du -hcd 1
  • h means human readable
  • c means produce a grand total
  • d means max-depth (use --max-depth=1 if your system doesn't support the d option)

Once you are in the directory which is taking up all your space you can list the files using

ls -lah

This will tell you the human readable file size as a list and include all your hidden files

Use find

If you just want to find all the files over a certain size use the following command:

find / -type f -size +20M -exec ls -lh {} \; | awk '{ print $NF ": " $5 }'