Under any linux system, you want to use the command



Common usage is :

du -sh file(s) name(s)


du -sh /path/to/dir/*

Replace ‘h’ by ‘k’,’m’ or ‘g’ for Kilobytes, Megabytes and Gigabytes instead of *h*uman-readable. With those, you can even pipe the output un

sort -n

to get the sorted by size list of files in a directory.

If you still have a big difference, you may want to try the


switch to


which will allow you to diagnose sparse files. (files with empty space inside, too be simple)

For more information, see the manual page of

man du