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Linux / Unix Command: df
Command Library


df - report filesystem disk space usage


df [OPTION]... [FILE]...



This manual page documents the GNU version of df. df displays the amount of disk space available on the filesystem containing each file name argument. If no file name is given, the space available on all currently mounted filesystems is shown. Disk space is shown in 1K blocks by default, unless the environment variable POSIXLY_CORRECT is set, in which case 512-byte blocks are used.

If an argument is the absolute file name of a disk device node containing a mounted filesystem, df shows the space available on that filesystem rather than on the filesystem containing the device node (which is always the root filesystem). This version of df cannot show the space available on unmounted filesystems, because on most kinds of systems doing so requires very nonportable intimate knowledge of filesystem structures.


Show information about the filesystem on which each FILE resides, or all filesystems by default.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

-a, --all
include filesystems having 0 blocks
-B, --block-size=SIZE use SIZE-byte blocks
-h, --human-readable
print sizes in human readable format (e.g., 1K 234M 2G)
-H, --si
likewise, but use powers of 1000 not 1024
-i, --inodes
list inode information instead of block usage
like --block-size=1K
-l, --local
limit listing to local filesystems
do not invoke sync before getting usage info (default)
-P, --portability
use the POSIX output format
invoke sync before getting usage info
-t, --type=TYPE
limit listing to filesystems of type TYPE
-T, --print-type
print filesystem type
-x, --exclude-type=TYPE
limit listing to filesystems not of type TYPE
display this help and exit
output version information and exit

SIZE may be (or may be an integer optionally followed by) one of following: kB 1000, K 1024, MB 1,000,000, M 1,048,576, and so on for G, T, P, E, Z, Y.


The full documentation for df is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and df programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info df

should give you access to the complete manual.

Important: Use the man command (% man) to see how a command is used on your particular computer.

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