Find folder sizes on Ubuntu


I needed to find out the amount of data stored in a group of folders. Each of the folders contains a web site, and I want to track the sites on-disk usage statistics.


Linux system running bash.

du binary (typically induced in linux base install or busybox.

Tested on Ubuntu 12.


du -shc *

s ..... Summary
h ..... Human Readable. K, M, and G for sizes.
c ..... Summary or Total
* ..... All files or folders in the current directory.

Add SWAP disk on Amazon EC2 Ubuntu servers


My Ubuntu web servers were killing processes due to low free memory. I would prefer them to slow down than to kill processes. So I added SWAP disk space that is not setup by default in the EC2 instances.


Amazon AWS EC2 Ubuntu 11 or 12 instance.

This may work on other Linux versions, but I have only used it on Ubuntu.

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Removing old JAVA installs


First off, has a Java applet to do this very thing.

However, if you need to run this on many computers using a login script, or patch management system, here is my alternative.
It may not be complete, but it removes several versions of java using the command line uninstall method and a little brute force execution.

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Batch Move files


I needed to move files in batches that would put no more than 600 files in a folder at any time. I wrote the batch file to count the files in the target directory,


Tested on Windows 2008 R2.

Command line should be compatible with Windows 2000 or newer.

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Backup Shell Script for Linux Web Host


Backup multiple web sites stored on a Linux server. Sites are stored in a single folder as sub-folders.

I run a web host that is a custom fault tolerant solution on Amazon AWS t1.micro hosts. The primary host should be backed up daily, but a historic backup was necessarily. My goal was to have two weeks of daily backups. The sites databases are backed up separately, so my primary concern was the folder contents.

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Clone multiple virtual machines to a different datastore as a backup


Clone multiple virtual machines to a different datastore as a backup.

All of my virtual servers, and ONLY virtual servers in a specific folder in vcenter, needed to be cloned to a backup datastore weekly, so I wrote a powershell script to clone them. I then added a Scheduled Task on my vCenter server to execute the script on Saturday evening.

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Hosting Experiment


I selected a site that I have had in production for some time, but recently upgraded to Drupal 7 & Commerce Kickstart 2.4. The problem was that some of the heavier coded sections of the site would take minutes to load. The front page could take 3-6 seconds to load, and other user pages could take as long or longer. This is a low traffic site.


Test the site on different platforms.


I created a new hosting account with my current host provider to give them a fair shot.