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

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How do I free up more space in /boot?

My /boot partition is nearly full and I get a warning every time I reboot my system. I already deleted old kernel packages (linux-headers...), actually I did that to install a newer kernel version ...
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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 ...
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Can't upgrade due to low disk space on /boot

I try to do do-release-upgrade but then I get: Not enough free disk space The upgrade has aborted. The upgrade needs a total of 25.7 M free space on disk '/boot'. Please free at least an ...
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How do I find the amount of free space on my hard drive?

Is there a way to quickly check the amount of free / used disk space in Ubuntu? I would assume you could right click on 'file system' in the file browser and choose 'properties' or something but ...
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How do I resize my /boot partition?

/boot has become 100% full somehow. df -k Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/mapper/ubuntu-root 191078052 31758960 149612804 18% / udev ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 recognizes me only 3GB of free space

I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 64-bits and it worked perfectly (during days), until now. Suddenly several error messages coming from anywhere tell me that I have no free space on the disk. And now the ...
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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"?
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df -h - Used space + Avail Free space is less than the Total size of /home

As the output of df -h shows here, something is eating up 5GB of free space. So, it's not available to use. I'm also noticing sometimes that the hard disk gets filled up to 100% sometimes. So, I had ...
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How much space does Ubuntu take up after it's already installed?

I know how much space is required to install Ubuntu. How much space does a Ubuntu installation take up on the disk?
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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?
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df -h shows incorrect free space

Here is my df-h output. In here /media/Songs is using almost 100% disk space. root@LAB:~# df -h Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 19G 8.7G 9.2G 49% / ...
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Why do df and du show different output?

When I execute the command df -h /tmp it says disk utilization is 100%, but when it try du -sh /tmp it says disk utilization is 2%. I want to know why these commands shows different output, how these ...
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apt-get: No space left on device (12.04)

I have read every thread I could find -- even the ones that say that the question has been answered elsewhere but none of them address the specific issue I am having. Update Manager ran and produced ...
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How to increase the disk space of a VMware virtual disk?

I have a VM running Ubuntu, and I wish to increase its size from 20 to 40 GB. I powered off the VM and on the VMware side increased the allocated disk space. I did this by Edit Virtual Machine ...
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Properties window, Basic Tab Pie Chart

I am wondering about the pie chart in the properties basic tab. I can see blue is used space and white free space but what does the gray part mean. I have been searching with no luck. Thanks in ...
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Disk Usage Very Strange

Just today, my Ubuntu 11.04 started prompting me that my HDD is full ... I know I am filling up my HDD fast, but its the storage partition I expect to be filling up not my 60+GB OS Partition. So I did ...
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Ubuntu thinks btrfs disk is full but its not

cat /etc/fstab # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass> UUID=a168d1ac-4e13-4643-976d-6e47ea1732b1 /boot ext2 defaults ...
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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.
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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?
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How can I free space from a massive 39.5GB /var/log/ folder?

I just got a message from the default disk analyses software (Baobab) that I only have 1GB left on the hard drive. After some search, I found that the /var/log/ folder is the cause of this. Some ...
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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?
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What do I do when my root filesystem is full?

My / folder is reading as full and I can't update software or do anything. Not sure what I'm doing wrong here. $ df -h Results: Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 ...
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Running out of inodes

I cannot update Ubuntu because I have 99% inode usage. What is the easiest way for me to alleviate this problem? Thanks for your help.
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Nautilus statusbar visibilty - Quickly check free space

In prior versions, I would open Nautilus and check the statusbar, which would tell me how much free space there is. Now, the statusbar isn't shown by default. I know you can enable it from the View ...
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“No space left on device” when installing packages, yet I have space left

Whether through update manager, or through terminal, I error out. When I try sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade: Fetched 1,024 kB in 20s (51.0 kB/s) Reading package lists... Done ...
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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.
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Why doesn't deleting files increase available space?

Recently I got a message about "0 bytes free" on a certain partition. So I looked and, sure enough: $ df Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on /dev/sda1 65190604 ...
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disk is full, but cannot find big files or folders

Ubuntu server shows me that I use allmost all disk: Usage of /: 95.5% of 118.12GB And I try to find big folders and files, run ncdu: ncdu 1.8 ~ Use the arrow keys to navigate, press ? for help ...
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Root filling up although it should have some space

This has been perplexing me for some time. I'm on Ubuntu 11.04. My root partition is filling up and I can't figure out what's causing it. Even stranger, when I run df -h, this is the output: ...
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How large can Nautilus's thumbnail cache grow?

Nautilus's thumbnail cache in ~/.thumbnails has grown to several hundred megabytes. Do I need to be concerned about unrestricted growth of this in the long term, or is its size automatically managed ...
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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 ...
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btrfs and missing free space

I converted my ext4 partition to btrfs and deleted the save subvolume after doing so. Then I enabled the compression (lzo) of the filessystem in the fstab file and everything is correct so far. Then ...
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“No space left on device” /dev/loop0"

Been using Ubuntu for a couple of weeks now and have encountered a problem. I have the message "No space left on device" and after searching for a while I found that /dev/loop0 is taking up huge ...
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Why is the .xsession-errors.old file so big?

Problem Many users (including me) found out from one moment to another that the usage disk space is really strange. One day I had 50Gb free and the next I had 3Gb, it is just crazy. This happened ...
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Server logs are filling my hard disk, how do I fix this?

I have Ubuntu 12.04 which serves my web application (20 MB) on apache httpd. Here is my partitions table: $ sudo parted -l Disk /dev/sda: 500GB Partition Table: gpt Number|Start|End|Size|File ...
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Disk space suddenly 100% used? [duplicate]

I'm trying to identify why, suddenly, 100% of our disk space is in use. I have already rebooted but the issue persists. Here are the outputs of some commands that are showing some strange (for me) ...
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Root partition size remains same after partition resize with gparted

I had resized my root partition from 30gb to 70gb using gparted. But Ubuntu still shows that I have the same old disk size while gparted shows that I acually have 70gb and that the other 40gb is ...
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How to make Ubuntu use the entire partition?

I have a partition for Windows (sda2) and one for Ubuntu (sda3). I've installed Ubuntu from Windows with the Windows Ubuntu installer (Wubi) and set an installation size of 13GB (I guess). ...
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No hdd space left

I have 13.4Gb hdd space for my Ubuntu partition, and the only software that I use is Thunderbird, Firefox, and Play On Linux with MS Office 2010 (.playonlinux uses 2.6Gb). I can't use UbuntuOne ...
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No more space avbiable even if there are a lot

i am eveing some weird issue lately, i ma using this machine as webserver and when i try to write a file in a directory it say there is no more space, i did try to delete some files, it work for a ...
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how to print a file in ubuntu terminal using cat that spaces in its name

Suppose my file name is äbc def When I type in the terminal like cat ¨abc def¨ it shows error. Can anybody tell me how to print this file that has spaces in between the name.
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Gnome do installation and disk space usage

I installed Gnome-Do on Xubuntu and it said 52 MB of disk space will be used up while installation. Later when i removed it (I used purge), only 7 MB was freed. Each time I install some applet, am I ...
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Disk Space and Mounted network share [closed]

My mounted drive is being calculated into disk space. I created a mount script that mounts a network share on boot but now approximately ten minutes after boot, my system is alerting me to low disk ...
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Why doesn't this show the hidden files/folders?

I was looking through my system with du -sch ./* to find the big useless files I may have stockpiled with no reason, when I found this: $ du -sch ./* du: cannot read directory ‘./drbunsen/.gvfs’: ...
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Check how space is distributed on Linux system

I know how to check space left with: df -h and I know to check the space of a folder with: du -ch /path/to/folder/ But let's say I have a 500 GB HardDisk and 350GB are used: Wich is the best ...
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Root drive is running out of disk space. How can I free up space?

I'm using Ubuntu 11.04 and I want to free up some space in my root directory, which is overloaded. I especially want to change the path used for installing applications (they are getting installed ...
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Why do “df” and “du” commands show different disk usage?

I cannot access ubuntu system on my pc, the error message: "the system is running in low graphics mode" and I tried some commands I searched from internet. I found out a problems seems there is no ...
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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?
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df shows all space taken, but du doesn't add up

I'm having a problem with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. This is the second time I've encountered this problem in the last 3 weeks. The first time is described in this closed question on StackOverflow. The TL;DR ...
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Advanced disk usage analyzing software?

I can't really find a great disk analyzing software for Ubuntu. The default apps in Ubuntu, Baobab (and df -h) do work, but there are no advanced features. What I am looking for is like glary ...