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How To Check Which Software Package Is Using More Space

Posted on: November 13, 2009

Courtsey: http://www.unnionline.com/blog/?cat=9

If you’re running out of disk space and you want to quickly see what packages are using the most space on your hard drive, use the following command

dpkg-query –show –showformat=’${Package;-50}\t${Installed-Size}\n’ | sort -k 2 -n | grep -v deinstall | awk ‘{printf “%.3f MB \t %s\n”, $2/(1024), $1}’

That will sort the packages by size, putting the largest ones on the bottom. If you only want to see the top few, you can type

tail -n 10

at the end, because in all likeliness you have a *lot* of packages installed

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