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'du' and 'df' tools report different space utilization (Doc ID 457444.1)

Last updated on JULY 16, 2021

Applies to:

Linux OS - Version Oracle Linux 4.4 and later
Oracle Cloud Infrastructure - Version N/A and later
Linux x86-64
Linux x86


The 'du' (/usr/bin/du) and 'df' (/bin/df) command output displays conflicting space utilisation values, for example:

In the example above, 'df' reports 8.6 Gb to have been used on the root (/) filesystem, whereas 'du' reports only 2.1 Gb to have been used.


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