[clug] Bizarre File Copying Problem.

Martin Pool mbp at sourcefrog.net
Thu Jul 21 15:04:03 GMT 2005

On 22 Jul 2005, Joel Plane <joel.plane at gmail.com> wrote:
> 'From' computer:
> Nautilus says 56GB
> du says 73GB (very little variation between actual size and on-disk size)
> 'To' computer: (which stopped because it ran out space)
> Konqueror says 72.0GB
> du says 72GB
> Perhaps Nautilus is a liar. Well problem solved, I just need to free up 
> a few GB on 'To' computer it seems. I'm not too sure why nautilus would 
> lie to me tho. I noticed it calculated the size pretty quickly. Perhaps 
> it figured it would be the same size as it was 6 months ago. Either way, 
> an interesting result.

Did you have a lot of small files?  ext3 allocates files in 4k(??)
blocks; so each file wastes an average of 2k and that can add up.  du
shows the size uses; nautilus maybe only shows the total useful content.


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