an awful problem, disc space is disappearing

chrisl at chrisl at
Tue Sep 12 17:33:01 UTC 2006

I like to use this command:

ls -d */ | xargs du -hsx

I run this in the root directory and it will show me the size of each 

I then can go into that directory (say /var), run the command again, and 
it will show me the size of all directories under /var.


Gabriel M Dragffy wrote:
> This morning my root partition was 6gb large and had 49% free space.
> This evening I was trying to install the game supertux and found there
> was no disc space. I'm using a simple desktop installation. I have
> apache and proftp installed and running but a firewall blocks remote
> connections to them. Something just ate about 3gb in one day and I
> didn't do anything to warrant that. Furthermore only yesterday I had the
> same problem but I put it down to a power failure, I ended up deleting
> all my LVs, my PV, VG and the partition and restoring.  How do I find
> out where my 3GB went? And then find what took it and why?

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