Running out of server space can be a real headache, often requiring thorough investigation to pinpoint the issue. In this quick guide, I'll show you an invaluable command that can help you identify the culprits behind excessive storage consumption on your Debian server.
To uncover the largest files and directories eating up your server's precious space, you can employ the following command:
sudo du --all / | sort --numeric-sort --reverse | head --lines 15
sudo du -a / | sort -n -r | head -n 15
The output of this command provides a list of the largest files and directories, accompanied by the space they occupy:
This resulted list helped me to swiftly identify the storage-intensive elements on my server. Armed with this knowledge, I implemented measures to mitigate their impact and free up valuable space.
Should you need to delve into a specific directory for a more thorough investigation, the command can be tailored accordingly. For instance, if you want to focus on the
sudo du -a /var/log | sort -n -r | head -n 15
By integrating this command into your diagnostic toolkit, you can confidently tackle storage issues and prevent future space shortages on your server. The satisfaction of maintaining an organized and efficient server environment awaits—enjoy the journey! 😎