Watch the size of a directory using figlet

watch -n1 "du -hs /home/$USER | cut -f1 -d'/' | figlet -k"
You can substitute /home/$USER with any path you like.

By: cviorel
2010-01-07 07:30:59

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What Others Think

You could use "$HOME" instead of "/home/$USER". And if you remove the "-d'/'" you can use it with relative paths, too.
hfs · 441 weeks and 1 day ago
you could also use "~/" for the home directory and you can use "$PWD" for the current directory
oshazard · 441 weeks and 1 day ago
In fact... add to ~/.bashrc or ~/.profile or wherever: alias sizewatcher='watch -n1 "du -hs $PWD | cut -f1 -d'\''/'\'' | cowsay"' then simply sizewatcher (I don't have figlet in my repo, so replace cowsay with whatever you have/want) OR sizewatchz () { blah="$@"; watch -d -t -n1 "du -sh $blah"; } then sizewatchz ~/Pictures ~/Documents
oshazard · 441 weeks and 1 day ago

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