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To monitor .vmdk files during snapshot deletion (commit) on ESX only (ESXi doesn't have the watch command):
1. Navigate to the VM directory containing .vmdk files.
# watch "ls -tough --full-time *.vmdk"
-t sorts by modification time
-o do not list group information (to narrow the output)
-u sorts by access time
-g only here for the purpose to easily remember the created mnemonic word 'tough'
-h prints sizes in human readable format (e.g., 1K 234M 2G)
--full-time sets the time style to full-iso and does not list user information (to narrow the output)
optionally useful parameters to the watch command:
-d highlight changes between updates
-n seconds to wait between updates (default is 2)
-t turn off printing the header
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