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  • This is a quick way to find what is hogging disk space when you get a full disk alert on your monitoring system. This won't work as is with filesystems that allow embedded spaces in user names or groups (read "Mac OS X attached to a Windows Domain"). In those cases, you will need to change the -k 5 to something that works in your situation. Show Sample Output

    cd <mntpoint>; find . -xdev -size +10000000c -exec ls -l {} \; | sort -n -k 5
    deritchie · 2014-05-20 14:13:54 0

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