Visualizing Disk Space

A few months ago, Steffen Gerlach's scanner introduced the useful technique of visualizing disk space and file size within folders concentrically (the app runs delightfully well under Wine). Now there's Filelight, a KDE based tool which uses the same concentric rings layout (unfortunately not yet available for Debian testing/stable). And there's kdirstat, which uses the terminally nifty treemap layout technique to show file & folder sizes. A technique for quickly and clearly visualizing exactly what's eating up all of your disk space is suprisingly missing from most standard OS interfaces and file browsers. But in this age of massive music, movie and porno file-sharing and hoarding, it becomes all the more important to have a tool like this. Say goodbye to du -ks * | sort -n!

Posted by matt at 07.02.04 21:24