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Linux Tips: The Misunderstood df Command

Dec 05, 2012, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

I call df, or disk free, the misunderstood command because new Linux users often expect it to tell the sizes of directories and files. But it doesn't do that-- it's for displaying useful information on filesystems. When you invoke it with no arguments, it shows free and used space on all mounted filesystems, their partitions, and mountpoints:

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