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My server is chugging along with a 5GB drive, and unfortunately, it's 100% full. Going to delete some files, I notice that my Dropbox's taking up way more than it should. du -hs * returns:

[excel@catfish ~]$ du -hs Dropbox/*
11M     Dropbox/Apps
33M     Dropbox/
377M    Dropbox/Documents
2.0M    Dropbox/Games
1.3G    Dropbox/Public

This adds up to about 1.8GB, which matches up with my Dropbox size on my other machines. However, running that in my /home/ returns:

[excel@catfish ~]$ du -hs *
2.7G    Dropbox
4.0K    beepsh.c

This extra gigabyte of space would really be useful until I get another drive. In the meantime, what's up with the disk usage? I already tried rebooting to clear the file handles, it didn't have any effect.

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Check if there is a hidden folder named ".dropbox.cache" in your "Dropbox" folder (or any other hidden folders).

If you need a more "userfriendly" disk usage analyzer, try ncdu.

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Thank you so much, this did the trick! Now to disable the cache :-) – excelangue Oct 1 '12 at 0:31

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