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du -ks * is very slow

du -ks * is very slow

du -ks * is very slow

Good Day,

On a couple of servers, the following command - 'du -ks *' can run for an hour or two - really not pleasant. What might be the reason for that?

Is there, by any chance, any other way, which can point to the large directories on the server?


RE: du -ks * is very slow

Unfortunately, if there are thousands or millions of files on the filesystem, there is no shortcut that I'm aware of.

Perhaps you need to consider breaking the filesystem down into several smaller ones to make them more manageable, then you can see immediately how much is used on the individual ones using df.


RE: du -ks * is very slow

Many thanks Annihilannic.

RE: du -ks * is very slow

Out of curiosity... is an ls -lR > /tmp/sometempfile any quicker?  If so, you could write a script to parse the output and get a quicker result.  It wouldn't be as accurate because it wouldn't report the "true" space usage of each file (i.e. it would under-report the unoccupied space in the last blocks of each file, or space used by "sparse" files) but may still be useful for you.


RE: du -ks * is very slow

Thank you Annihilannic - let me try it...


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