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  1. #1
    hornetster NNTP User

    Default Size of directory


    Wondering if there is any way/application to easily tell the size of
    directories and any subdirectories. eg in Windows, Directory Opus, and
    several other file managers will actually show the size of directories
    in normal view ie if open at the root of a drive, can easily tell where
    all the space is being used... Anything similar for Suse? A plugin for
    Dolphin/Konqueror??
    Thanks, John.


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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

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    Tons of ways.... browse to the directory and run the following command:

    du -h ./

    Or, if you're into the GUI, I just right-click on a directory and go to
    properties and it shows me the size of that directory and its contents
    (recursively). I'm using Gnome but I am fairly sure KDE will show the
    same information.

    Good luck.





    hornetster wrote:
    > Wondering if there is any way/application to easily tell the size of
    > directories and any subdirectories. eg in Windows, Directory Opus, and
    > several other file managers will actually show the size of directories
    > in normal view ie if open at the root of a drive, can easily tell where
    > all the space is being used... Anything similar for Suse? A plugin for
    > Dolphin/Konqueror??
    > Thanks, John.
    >
    >

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  3. #3
    hornetster NNTP User

    Default Re: Size of directory


    Thanks for the reply. Yep, that is good for single directories, but what
    I want to be able to do is "at a glance" list all the subdirectories in
    the current directory and the TOTAL space it is taking up, preferably
    all on a single page, either GUI or not. ie being able to go to the root
    directory and quickly see if there is one subdirectory that is growing
    out of proportion...
    Thanks, John.


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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

    Default Re: Size of directory

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    For the most part this works. If you have spaces in file/directory
    names than you may get some errors, but I'm sure you can work around
    those if needed:

    ls -1drt *| xargs du -h --summarize

    Good luck.





    hornetster wrote:
    > Thanks for the reply. Yep, that is good for single directories, but what
    > I want to be able to do is "at a glance" list all the subdirectories in
    > the current directory and the TOTAL space it is taking up, preferably
    > all on a single page, either GUI or not. ie being able to go to the root
    > directory and quickly see if there is one subdirectory that is growing
    > out of proportion...
    > Thanks, John.
    >
    >

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    merovian NNTP User

    Default Re: Size of directory


    You could also try

    du -hc --max-depth=1

    This will give you all the directories in the current directory, and a
    total at the bottom. Play with the --max-depth to dig down further in
    the structure and get more fine-grained results.


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  6. #6
    j xavier NNTP User

    Default Re: Size of directory


    seems you are using KDE, you might try starting Konqueror then
    highlighting the folder/directory you are needing information about in
    the left panel then choose View/ViewMode/FileSizeView.

    at first the quilted map that you get is hard to decipher, but if you
    take a few minutes and figure out the concept, you can get a perspective
    that is really hidden in normal view.

    hope it helps.


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