Do you ever find yourself wanting to know what the deuce is taking up all your space? Here’s a simple one-liner to figure out the top 20 folders eating your disk:
du -ha <folder_location*> | sort -h | tail -n20
du is the disk usage utility that teamed with sort and tail can be very valuable. Usually you would want to make the <folder_location> be at the root of the volume (/) but maybe you have areas you don’t want searched. Just include the exclude!
du -ha /* --exclude "/home/cookie.monster/Videos" | sort -h | tail -n20
This will work for Linux, but if you’re on OSX you will likely not have the sort command. First you’ll need to install brew, which is a package manager for OSX:
/usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install)"
brew install coreutils
You can now use gsort -g on OSX in place of sort -h on Linux with the same results