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As I was recently running low on disk space, I began looking for files that used a lot of disk space on my hard drive. I didn't remember activating the crash reporter in /etc/hostconfig (see this hint), but it was enabled. When I looked at the crash reporter log file, /var/log/crashreporter.log, I discovered it was up to 8GB! Give it a look if you think you are losing some disk space for no reason...

[robg adds: I think crash reporter was enabled by default in some recent release of OS X -- 10.3, perhaps. I know it's enabled by default in 10.4, as my two clean-install machines have the CRASHREPORTER=-YES- line in their hostconfig files. I'm not sure what it would take to create an 8GB crash reporter file; on both my machines, the file is under a few KB in size.]
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Check crash reporter log file for disk space usage
Authored by: mzs on Aug 03, '05 11:43:12AM
Incidentally, does someone know of an app that can scan directories and show how much space directories are taking-up. Something like a graphical du where you can collapse and open folders to see where you hard drive space is being used-up when you want to clean-up.

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Check crash reporter log file for disk space usage
Authored by: nertzy on Aug 03, '05 11:50:36AM
Since I work on Macs, Linux PCs, and Windows PCs, I would highly suggest JDiskReport, a freeware Java utility that actually runs well on all three systems.

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Check crash reporter log file for disk space usage
Authored by: renderhead on Aug 03, '05 11:54:01AM
I personally use a free program called WhatSize. It's a very nice Mac-Native app that does what you are asking. I have had trouble getting it to display graphs, but when it comes to a hierarchical display of directories and their sizes, it does a nice job.

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Check crash reporter log file for disk space usage
Authored by: benjamieson on Aug 03, '05 12:22:19PM

A little more amnual, but you can do this in the finder...

Menu:Go:Go to Folder...

Then enter the folder to view (i.e. /var/log)

Voila. A normal finder window....

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Check crash reporter log file for disk space usage
Authored by: ekc on Aug 03, '05 12:37:18PM
I think the Finder itself has this capability.

Double-click your hard drive icon and go View ... as List. Then bring up View ... Show View Options and check off Calculate all sizes.

You'll hear the disk grind for awhile and the sizes of each top-level directory will begin to appear in the Size column. Click on the disclosure triangle next to any directory to see the sizes of items within it. You can even click on the "Size" tab at the top of the column to sort the directories from largest to smallest.

Of course, this will not turn up hidden files in /var/log unless you have made invisibles appear in the Finder. (There are a number of ways to do that, and I'm sure it's covered in some past tip, but I like using OnyX myself.)

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Check crash reporter log file for disk space usage
Authored by: demmons65 on Aug 03, '05 12:49:32PM

From the Terminal, type:

cd /
then
du -hs *

You can quickly see the big directories and investigate further.

If you are in a subfolder already, like /Users/username/Desktop, you will get only those items residing from that directory down.


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Check crash reporter log file for disk space usage
Authored by: demmons65 on Aug 03, '05 12:52:00PM

You may want to pipe the output to a file so:

du -hs * > /Users/username/Desktop/sizes.txt

and to really see *everything*, use sudo in front of the whole shebang.
sudo du -hs *
Password:

etc.

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Check crash reporter log file for disk space usage
Authored by: JKT on Aug 03, '05 12:57:13PM

OmniDiskSwweeper from www.omnigroup.com

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Check crash reporter log file for disk space usage
Authored by: Kip on Aug 03, '05 02:16:44PM
Disk Inventory X does this via treemap display. A bit slow, but visually nice. Inspired by KDirStat and WinDirStat.

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Check crash reporter log file for disk space usage
Authored by: vocaro on Aug 03, '05 02:46:30PM
Two of the best are WhatSize (free) and OmniDiskSweeper ($15 if you want a delete button).

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Disk/Directory usage app
Authored by: Just Fred on Aug 03, '05 05:15:15PM
I found a nice little app called (appropriately enough) "Whatsize." The About... dialog lists http://www.id-design.com/software/whatsize as the place to get it. Free.

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Check crash reporter log file for disk space usage
Authored by: jmcdonnell on Aug 03, '05 10:48:10PM

There is a program called inventory x that does exactly what you ask. It will scann the hard drive and tell you the file size of files on your hard drive. It will even give you a color coded map of the files on your hard drive. It is also free.



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