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Old 02-03-2005, 03:26 AM   #1
Jeozp
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Confusing "ls -lh" output


When I try to chek the size of a directory on my Debian box they are all 4.0k large, all of them even the ones that are empty. How can that be? Is there a specific arguument I have to give to ls? I can't use any GUI on this machine so I cant check how it would look like in Gnome or KDE.
All of my parttitions are ext2 if that metters.
 
Old 02-03-2005, 03:59 AM   #2
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"ls -s"

or

"du -a"

maybe
 
Old 02-03-2005, 04:03 AM   #3
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Hi Jeozp,

Here is what I do. I am sure there are other ways, but this works for me.

If I want to see the size of my /home/bruce directory, this is the command I would run:

du -sh /home/bruce (substitute with your own user)

The alternative is you could run that command from the directory of which you need this size:

cd /home/bruce
du -sh

Another alternative is if you want to see how subdirectories break down, just run

du -s /home/bruce

The last line of that result will be the total for all the directories.

Hope this helps,

Cheers,
Bruce
 
Old 02-03-2005, 04:08 AM   #4
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by the way, the "h" make the output "human readable"

exp: 297613 or with 'h' 291M


-B
 
Old 02-03-2005, 04:27 AM   #5
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Thx all, it helped
 
  


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