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How To Check Which Software Package Is Using More Space

Posted on: November 13, 2009


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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