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Linux Shell Scripting Cookbook by Sarath Lakshman

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Disk usage hacks

Disk space is a limited resource. We frequently perform disk usage calculation on hard disks or any storage media to find out the free space available on the disk. When free space becomes scarce, we will need to find out large-sized files that are to be deleted or moved in order to create free space. Disk usage manipulations are commonly used in shell scripting contexts. This recipe will illustrate various commands used for disk manipulations and problems where disk usages can be calculated with a variety of options.

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df and du are the two significant commands that are used for calculating disk usage in Linux. The command df stands for disk free and du stands for disk usage. Let's see how we can use them to perform ...

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