Find Big Files or Big Directories

Maxime Alarie malarie at
Fri Jul 30 15:07:52 UTC 2010

-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-users-bounces at
[mailto:ubuntu-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of NoOp
Sent: 29 July 2010 18:47
To: ubuntu-users at
Subject: Re: Find Big Files or Big Directories

On 07/29/2010 03:34 PM, NoOp wrote:
> On 07/29/2010 06:28 AM, Maxime Alarie wrote:
> ...
>> This server  is backup using rsync. But I have found out that the
>> hd was not mounted and that's probably the cause of my problem.
>> 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
>> 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.

Sorry, this might be better for you:

$ sudo du --max-depth=2 /var/ | sort -n

Thanks noop,

I have found and fixed my problem. I am ashamed I did not detect it

I rsync /var with an external hdd mounted in /backup

The external hdd was not in fstab, so it was not mounted  at boot time.
Hence, rsync  was synching with the directory /backup.

Thanks for your help friend.

More information about the ubuntu-users mailing list