24.4.5. Using the du Command
ducommand allows you to displays the amount of space that is being used by files in a directory. To display the disk usage for each of the subdirectories in the current working directory, run the command with no additional command-line options:
du14972 ./Downloads 4 ./.gnome2 4 ./.mozilla/extensions 4 ./.mozilla/plugins 12 ./.mozilla 15004 .
By default, the
ducommand displays the disk usage in kilobytes. To view the information in megabytes and gigabytes, supply the
-hcommand-line option, which causes the utility to display the values in a human-readable format:
du -h15M ./Downloads 4.0K ./.gnome2 4.0K ./.mozilla/extensions 4.0K ./.mozilla/plugins 12K ./.mozilla 15M .
At the end of the list, the
ducommand always shows the grand total for the current directory. To display only this information, supply the
du -sh15M .
For a complete list of available command-line options, see the du(1) manual page.