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On a Linux environment. How can I find out the total space a folder is taking. It would like this total to include ALL sub-directories in the total. I don't want a dump of the size of each subdirectory. Just the total size a directory is taking up with the size of all it's subdirectories included in the c

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du -sh /path/to/directory

The output will return sumarize and human readeable directory size.

or in MB

du --max-depth=0 --one-file-system -m /path/to/directory

Also, you can create an alias if you will going to execute this command often.
If you want to know more about du command, execute: man du

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du -sh /path/to/directory

Should do exactly what you want.

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du --max-depth=0 --one-file-system -m

Gives the size of the current directory in MB, not running past mount-points.

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The following should work:

$ du -skh <directory>
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If you're inside the directory, du -skh . works well. Otherwise, du -skh /path/to/directory is good.

The flags on that command mean "-s summary, -k kilobyte listing, -h human-readable suffixes". The "-k" is probably redundant, but a force of habit.

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