Monitoring disk usage

These are just my personal notes. No warranty whatsoever.

Built-in diagnose

Manually see the overall disk usage:

$ df -h
Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/simfs       15G  7.0G  8.1G  47% /
tmpfs           205M  2.1M  203M   2% /run
tmpfs           5.0M  4.0K  5.0M   1% /run/lock
tmpfs           820M     0  820M   0% /run/shm

Show all directories that have more than a GB:

$ du ~ -h | grep '[0-9\.]\+G'

Show all subdirectories and their size (sorted by size):

$ du -h -d1 | sort -h

The -s or --summarize option means “only the specified directories, no subdirs”

$ du -sh ~/*

Thanks to Tracking down where disk space has gone and How To Find Large Files and Directories in Unix for hints.

Visual tools


$ sudo apt install baobab
$ baobab


$ sudo apt install duc
$ duc index /usr
$ duc gui /usr

Automated diagnose

Install monit (sudo apt-get install monit ) and get alerts per email. In /etc/monit/monitrc you can write for example:

check filesystem datafs with path /
   if space usage > 80% for 5 times within 15 cycles then alert
   if space usage > 99% then stop

Routine actions

Clean up the cache of the packet manager:

$ sudo apt-get clean

Cleaning the packaging system

To erase downloaded archive files:

$ sudo apt-get clean

To remove packages that were automatically installed to satisfy dependencies for some package and that are no more needed:

$ sudo apt-get autoremove

To see which kernel versions are installed:

$ dpkg --get-selections | grep linux-image

To remove an unused kernel image:

$ sudo apt-get remove --purge linux-image-X.X.XX-XX-generic

How much disk space does each database use?


$ sudo du -h /var/lib/mysql/