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du command examples and its explanation:

Du command represents the disk usage in the Linux system.

Du command is used to list the directories or files along with their storage consumption.


Difference between du command and df command:

"df command" explains the memory utilization at the filesystem levels.

"du command" explains the memory used by each file and its corresponding directories.


Disk usage of a particular directory:


du directory-name

sample command output is given below,


[root@sys1 /]# du /repo/

16            /repo/lost+found

3354380  /repo/Packages

36156      /repo/isolinux

17256      /repo/repodata

264          /repo/EFI/BOOT

272          /repo/EFI

64            /repo/LoadBalancer/repodata

76            /repo/LoadBalancer

68            /repo/ScalableFileSystem/repodata

80            /repo/ScalableFileSystem

280          /repo/ResilientStorage/repodata

292          /repo/ResilientStorage

34584      /repo/images/pxeboot

207492    /repo/images

16720      /repo/Server/repodata

16864      /repo/Server

248          /repo/HighAvailability/repodata

260          /repo/HighAvailability

3635968  /repo/


In the above output, the digits represent the number of disk blocks of the files.



The above output is same as du -k option as well.


Disk usage of a particular directory in human readable format:

By using the "du –h" command we can list the disk usage of the particular directory.

[root@sys1 ~]# du -h /repo/

16K            /repo/lost+found

3.2G          /repo/Packages

36M           /repo/isolinux

17M           /repo/repodata

264K          /repo/EFI/BOOT

272K          /repo/EFI

64K            /repo/LoadBalancer/repodata

76K            /repo/LoadBalancer

68K            /repo/ScalableFileSystem/repodata

80K            /repo/ScalableFileSystem

280K          /repo/ResilientStorage/repodata

292K          /repo/ResilientStorage

34M           /repo/images/pxeboot

203M         /repo/images

17M           /repo/Server/repodata

17M           /repo/Server

248K          /repo/HighAvailability/repodata

260K          /repo/HighAvailability

3.5G          /repo/


Human readable format means the usage of the files or directories in,

K- kilo bytes, M- megabytes and G- gigabytes.


Display total directory size:

By using the "du –sh" command we can know the grand total disk usage of a particular directory.
“-s” option will give the summary of the size.

[root@sys1 ~]# du -sh /repo

3.5G     /repo


[root@linbox1 etc]# du -sh /var

627M     /var


Display the biggest file in a directory:

du -h /var | sort -n | tail -n 5


Display all files and their sizes in a directory:

By using the du –a command we can list the disk usage of all file sand directories

[root@sys1 ~]# du -a /repo

16864       /repo/Server

140           /repo/RELEASE-NOTES-te-IN.html

0               /repo/5

88             /repo/RELEASE-NOTES-ru-RU.html

4               /repo/HighAvailability/repodata/repomd.xml

248           /repo/HighAvailability/repodata

4               /repo/HighAvailability/TRANS.TBL

4               /repo/HighAvailability/listing

260           /repo/HighAvailability

12             /repo/EULA_pt

8               /repo/EULA_zh

0               /repo/EULA

0               /repo/4