Covers questions related to file space usage—space used under a particular directory or files on a file system.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (1)

5
votes
1answer
2k views

“df -h” command puts line breaks in output. How do I fix?

My "df -h" command on my Linux box has some devices with longer names and so the "df -h" output has line breaks (or tabs??) in it, which makes it difficult to parse the output in a script. Does ...
10
votes
2answers
2k views

Disk Usage Analyzer reports that the .ecryptfs file is taking up as much space as the home drive

I selected "encrypt home partition" when I set up my netbook with Ubuntu. The disk usage analyzer now reports that twice as much space is taken up than actually is used. I have seen this question ...
6
votes
1answer
2k views

/var/lib/ureadahead/debugfs eats up 68% of my disk space

On a device with 2GB storage every MB is counted. I wonder what is this /var/lib/ureadahead/debugfs doing on my system and is there a way to avoid its existence. Note this mount point eats up 1.2 ...
4
votes
2answers
9k views

How to increase the disk space of Ubuntu installed besides Windows 7?

It is true that there are similar questions in the forum... But as I installed Ubuntu under Windows 7 long time ago, I do not remember how I did it or whether I used Wubi, which is discussed in many ...
18
votes
3answers
4k views

How can I quickly make a large file?

What is a quick and easy way to make a file that is, say, 2 GB in size?
2
votes
1answer
3k views

“Disk quota exceeded” error

In our lab, NFS server has been setup. This server has home directories of all users. Quota is enabled for all users. root@server:/users/labuser# du -sh 69M . root@lab-01:~# quota -su ...
2
votes
1answer
2k views

How can I get Ubuntu to recognize the size of the disk it's on?

I was coming dangerously close to filling up a virtualbox disk(.vdi) with Ubuntu on it. So I enlarged the disk VBoxManage modifyhd YOUR_HARD_DISK.vdi --resize SIZE_IN_MB I went from a 6GB disk ...
2
votes
2answers
6k views

How do I free hard disk space allocated by Virtual Box disks?

I had multiple Ubuntu VM's installations, and the host is also Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. After I deleted the VM's, the space wasn't reallocated to the host. Do you know any solution?
39
votes
7answers
55k views

What's a command line way to find large files/directories to remove and free up space?

Looking for a series of commands that will show me the largest files on a drive.
5
votes
4answers
1k views

How to increase disk space? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I free up disk space? I am running out of space on my notebook, so I thought I would delete some unused stuff. I was thinking about: cleaning the home folder ...
6
votes
3answers
3k views

How can i limit disk space usage for one user?

Like.. User john123, you can only use 100mb of my harddisk. User jake155, you can only use 250mb of my harddisk.
3
votes
1answer
216 views

What is the real usage of my home folder?

When I look throw GParted, it shows my home folder using 30.27 GB: The Disk Usage Analyzer shows 13.3 GB: And the properties show 26.0 GB: So, what's the real usage of my home folder?
8
votes
1answer
10k views

How can I prevent [flush-8:16] and [jbd2/sdb2-8] from causing GUI unresponsiveness? [closed]

Approximately twice a week, the entire graphical interface will lock up for about 10-20 seconds without warning while I am doing simple tasks such as browsing the web or writing a paper. When this ...
0
votes
1answer
749 views

Changing the default installation path to a newly installed hard disk

I am currently working on a dual-booted PC. I am using Windows XP and Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx released in April 2010. The allocated partition to Ubuntu that I am making use of has almost exhausted. ...
3
votes
3answers
984 views

how can I change the storage location of /var/lib/mlocate.db?

It's a big file for me and I'd like to put it on a different hard drive than my root partition is on. Like to add: I'd like this to work for the automatic runs of updatedb. I checked the man pages ...
0
votes
1answer
345 views

Cannot Update- Insufficient Space- Extend Folder to External HDD?

I have my computer on a dual-boot linux/winXP with a partitioned hard drive for each. Recently my linux ran out of memory and cannot update. I tried sudo apt-get clean and that worked for a while but ...
1
vote
1answer
5k views

Using LVM, how can I tell which logical volume is near full?

I am getting errors that my disk is nearly full, but i am using three logical volumes, and would need to know which i need to extend. I still have 50GB unassigned. Up until now i always extend all ...
4
votes
4answers
10k views

Why is /var/lib/mlocate.db almost 800 MB?

Can I do something about it? I'm running out of disk space.
5
votes
3answers
1k views

How can I expand the size of my Ubuntu installation without reinstalling?

About a week ago I used the windows installer to install Ubuntu to an extra hard drive I had because I've heard so much about it. Since [I guess] Wubi is meant for people with limited disk space who ...
55
votes
4answers
6k views

Meaning of “i” in “MiB”?

I see the usage of "MiB" as measure to represent the size in Ubuntu. What does MiB stand for? In particular the "i"?
31
votes
2answers
29k views

How to get disk usage from command line?

How can I get the current disk usage (in %) of my hard drive from the command line?
8
votes
5answers
11k views

What is taking up so much space on my disk, beside the filesystem?

I have only one disk in my computer, a 80 GB SSD. It is formatted as a single ext4 partition (no swap), and all the usual folders are installed on it (I keep lots of data on external media, but /home ...
5
votes
1answer
3k views

Gnome equivalent of KDirStat

What is the Gnome version of KDirStat? I read some 2006 post about program named Baobab , but it looks like it's not included in 10.04 any more, and the home page is not available any more.
26
votes
7answers
57k views

How to find out how much disk space is remaining?

What is the command to find out how much disk space is being used/remaining?