Like top, but for files

watch -d -n 2 'df; ls -FlAt;'

2009-02-05 17:56:38

What Others Think

Great one. I would change it a bit by adding a -S switch and refreshing a bit more often, like : watch --differences -n 3 'df; ls -FlAtS;'
raphink · 719 weeks and 6 days ago
watch: illegal option -- - usage: watch [-ciotnW] [tty name]
grep · 719 weeks and 6 days ago
Mac OSX: Can be hand compiled or installed using ports. 1. Install MacPorts ( [2]. sudo port -d sync [3]. sudo port -d selfupdate 4. sudo port install watch Love watch!
vaporub · 718 weeks and 6 days ago
would change the 'df' part to 'df -h', easier to read ;-)
sequence · 718 weeks and 4 days ago
bartman · 718 weeks and 1 day ago
Wow, this is exactly what I was looking for. I'm copying data from one hard drive to another, and wanted to monitor the activity. I modified this slightly to see the subdirectories: watch -d -n 5 'df -h | grep media; ls ./* -FlAt;'
dread45153 · 713 weeks and 4 days ago
"-S" and "-t" don't really work together (sorting by time and by size?) "df -h" is certainly an option, but then you won't see smaller changes in free space. "-d" included. Thanks. :)
bradbeattie · 702 weeks and 4 days ago
I love it. FreeBSD does not...thoughts? [aleida@CERN ~]$ watch -d -n 2 'df; ls -FlAt;' watch: illegal option -- d -- Brie
brie · 668 weeks and 1 day ago
Dunno. "$man watch" in BSD and look for a flag like "--differences" or something like that.
bradbeattie · 668 weeks and 1 day ago
Why is this marked malicious?
hunterm · 622 weeks and 6 days ago
Huh. No idea. Wish there was a way to escalate that and get that marking removed. *shrug*
bradbeattie · 618 weeks and 5 days ago

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