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I'm trying to find out the directory size of a folder to determine if a user has rights to keep writing to the folder (i.e. they are within the given limits I've imposed).

I'm doing:

du -sb <path>

which is fine and all, but the problem is if whilst this is being executed, another user deletes something from that directory then du chucks a bunch of cannot find file errors to the console.

Is there any way of handling this or at least stopping du chucking errors?


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du -sb 2>/dev/null ? – Matthew Ife Oct 24 '13 at 19:06
yes that will work I think :) – Theston .E Fox Oct 24 '13 at 19:10

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