Usually when I run out of space on my laptop I do a du –max-depth=1 to a file in my home dir, wait, look at it, then drill down to the biggest dir and repeat. I find some stuff, delete some stuff, free up some space, then continue.
Each time I think ‘there’s got to be a better way to do this’, and today I remembered the name ‘baobab’. I was surprised to find out that a) this was already included by default in GNOME and b) already installed on my system. I didn’t find it where the online docs said I would (on my F-11 system it’s under System Tools instead of Accessories – I’m guessing that’s a Fedora decision).
It took a while to run on my home directory (about 10 minutes I think), but I just used to drill down to a few levels, and freed up 2.5 GB of space in under 5 minutes. With my manual system I’m lucky if I delete half a gig in 15 minutes!
Excellent, excellent tool, and flawlessly executed. Apart from launching it I didn’t need to learn anything, it just worked as expected, and it told me what I needed to know in less time than before. Fabio Marzocca, you’re my hero of the week!