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Oracle Linux: 'du' and 'df' Commands Report Significantly Different Space Utilisation (Doc ID 457444.1)

Last updated on MAY 29, 2023

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version Oracle Linux 6.0 and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Version N/A and later
Linux x86-64
Linux x86
Linux ARM 64-bit


When running df(1) and du(1) commands on an Oracle Linux (OL) system, command output displays significantly inconsistent space utilisation e.g.:

Above, df(1) reports the root filesystem (/) to have used 24Gb, whereas du(1) reports 7.8Gb to have been used.


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In this Document
 1.Identify open deleted files and associated processes
 2. Shutdown processes holding file descriptors for open deleted files

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