elementary OS 5.1 Hera
Issue in a Nutshell: The disk space for elementary OS seems to have recently ballooned significantly. I have elementary OS on a ~105GB partition. Recently, I saw the Files app reported that the File System was using a staggering 86.1GB.
What I Tried Manually going through the folders from root to try to identify where the sudden disk usage was. Then I tried:
cd / sudo du -h --max-depth=1 --exclude=media --exclude=run --exclude=proc
The dh report shows:
16M ./bin 1.5G ./var 4.7G ./usr 4.0K ./srv 16K ./lost+found 24M ./onedrive 709M ./snap 11G ./home 272K ./opt 4.0K ./lib64 170M ./boot 0 ./dev 4.0K ./cdrom 0 ./sys 977M ./lib 5.8M ./lib32 17M ./sbin 604K ./root 4.0K ./mnt 20M ./etc 132K ./tmp 21G .
I am puzzled by the reported 21GB in root. I see no files in root (
ls -la) anywhere near that size (there is a unused 2GB swapfile).
- What does the 21GB mean in the dh report?
- Why would there be a mysterious 21GB chunk?
- Is there a standard reason why elementary OS would be ballooning like this? I am almost out of space.
- The home directory at 11GB seems to be primarily in the
/home/me/.localdirectory. I use very very very little actual space in /home for documents etc. (Most of the data is stored on a separate server partition.)
I installed elementary OS 5.1 Hera about three months ago and use it normally (plain vanilla install). I minimize apps installed to core apps.