Find Big Files or Big Directories

NoOp glgxg at
Thu Jul 29 22:34:00 UTC 2010

On 07/29/2010 06:28 AM, Maxime Alarie wrote:
> This server  is backup using rsync. But I have found out that the target
> hd was not mounted and that's probably the cause of my problem.   I've
> been trying to find the temp files, but I did not found any, I guess
> rsync detects if the targer directory exists and canels the backup.
> I Only have 50GB out of 225GB that is returned by du -shc / but df tells
> me the hdd is 90% full.  

You wrote previously:
> 52G     var
Look in /var & /var/backup

Try this:

$ sudo du -h --max-depth=1 /var/ | sort -n -r

You can then go deeper by changing the '--max-depth=2' etc.

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