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I occasionally use du to explore my disk usage, and find myself having to write elaborate sorting and filtering scripts around it to sort of get a "big picture" of what's going on in a directory. I know that occasionally some kind soul builds a fancier version of a command-line utility with extended functionality and some curses graphics, such as Hisham Muhammad's htop as opposed to plain old UNIX top (yes, it has a webpage somehow). I was hoping for the same but for du.

Obviously requirements: libre, gratis, small, command-line/terminal-based

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Ncdu would do it. Has prettyish graphs, is pure curses and available in the repos for leading distros

It's designed for remote use and does most of what you asked for... Big picture of drive usage, with graphs

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Libre/gratis, curses based, and probably pretty small (but I didn't check)

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  • Yup, that looks about right.
    – einpoklum
    Dec 23 '16 at 10:28

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