Dust #

du + rust = dust. Like du but more intuitive.

Why #

Because I want an easy way to see where my disk is being used.

Demo #


Install #

Cargo #

  • cargo install du-dust

🍺 Homebrew (Mac OS) #

  • brew install dust

🍺 Homebrew (Linux) #

  • brew tap tgotwig/linux-dust && brew install dust

Pacstall (Debian/Ubuntu) #

  • pacstall -I dust-bin

deb-get (Debian/Ubuntu) #

  • deb-get install du-dust

Windows: #

Download #

  • Download Linux/Mac binary from Releases
  • unzip file: tar -xvf _downloaded_file.tar.gz
  • move file to executable path: sudo mv dust /usr/local/bin/

Overview #

Dust is meant to give you an instant overview of which directories are using disk space without requiring sort or head. Dust will print a maximum of one ‘Did not have permissions message’.

Dust will list a slightly-less-than-the-terminal-height number of the biggest subdirectories or files and will smartly recurse down the tree to find the larger ones. There is no need for a ‘-d’ flag or a ‘-h’ flag. The largest subdirectories will be colored.

The different colors on the bars: These represent the combined tree hierarchy & disk usage. The shades of grey are used to indicate which parent folder a subfolder belongs to. For instance, look at the above screenshot. .steam is a folder taking 44% of the space. From the .steam bar is a light grey line that goes up. All these folders are inside .steam so if you delete .steam all that stuff will be gone too.

Usage #

Usage: dust
Usage: dust <dir>
Usage: dust <dir>  <another_dir> <and_more>
Usage: dust -p (full-path - Show fullpath of the subdirectories)
Usage: dust -s (apparent-size - shows the length of the file as opposed to the amount of disk space it uses)
Usage: dust -n 30  (Shows 30 directories instead of the default [default is terminal height])
Usage: dust -d 3  (Shows 3 levels of subdirectories)
Usage: dust -D (Show only directories (eg dust -D))
Usage: dust -F (Show only files - finds your largest files)
Usage: dust -r (reverse order of output)
Usage: dust -H (si print sizes in powers of 1000 instead of 1024)
Usage: dust -X ignore  (ignore all files and directories with the name 'ignore')
Usage: dust -x (Only show directories on the same filesystem)
Usage: dust -b (Do not show percentages or draw ASCII bars)
Usage: dust -i (Do not show hidden files)
Usage: dust -c (No colors [monochrome])
Usage: dust -f (Count files instead of diskspace)
Usage: dust -t (Group by filetype)
Usage: dust -z 10M (min-size, Only include files larger than 10M)
Usage: dust -e regex (Only include files matching this regex (eg dust -e "\.png$" would match png files))
Usage: dust -v regex (Exclude files matching this regex (eg dust -v "\.png$" would ignore png files))
Usage: dust -L (dereference-links - Treat sym links as directories and go into them)
Usage: dust -P (Disable the progress indicator)
Usage: dust -R (For screen readers. Removes bars/symbols. Adds new column: depth level. (May want to use -p for full path too))
Usage: dust --skip-total (No total row will be displayed)
Usage: dust -z 4000000 (Exclude files below size 4MB)

Alternatives #

Note: Apparent-size is calculated slightly differently in dust to gdu. In dust each hard link is counted as using file_length space. In gdu only the first entry is counted.