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Old 12-11-2007, 05:38 AM   #1
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varied output for linux df and du commands on same file system


When I run df -h /var , it displays the disk usage as

$ df -h /var/

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda9 4.8G 3.3G 1.3G 73% /var

But when I run the du -sh for the same file system , the result
varies .

du -sh /var/
3.2G /var/

What is the reason for the difference in results .......

With Thanks in Advance
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"df" gives you the total space used on a partition

"du" gives you the space used by certain files/directories.

I assume that there is some overhead which would cause df to report higher numbers. You might want to try some experiments with--eg--the "-B" option to specify the block size. There may also be some rounding---eg the real numbers could be 3.249 (3.2) and 3.251 (3.3)


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