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New Re: On my MacBook one gets:
Try adding sudo to the start of the command, before the du. You should be prompted for your password at that point.
-YendorMike

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin, 1759 Historical Review of Pennsylvania
New Indeed, sudo does it.
$ sudo du / | sort -n | tail -10

WARNING: Improper use of the sudo command could lead to data loss
or the deletion of important system files. Please double-check your
typing when using sudo. Type "man sudo" for more information.

To proceed, enter your password, or type Ctrl-C to abort.

Password:
5212512 /Library/Audio/Apple Loops
5212512 /Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple
5220696 /Library/Audio
5247456 /private/var/vm
5261936 /private/var
5281712 /private
5598496 /Applications
8465832 /Library/Application Support
19755704 /Library
36305758 /
Alex

Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. -- Sophocles (496? - 406 BCE)
New wonder what that private/var/vm does?
I assumed it was from the vmware I wasnt using and removed it
thanx,
bill
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New I GUESS it was ok
The "vm" scares me - it make me thing of virutal memory, but the private should make it safe.

In the future, wander into the dir and use strings against the files to look in them to see if you recongnize anything.
     housecleaning on mac - (boxley) - (11)
         The "resource" fork? - (folkert) - (2)
             no fink on this box, havnt installed it - (boxley) - (1)
                 Macs have 'split' files. - (static)
         My mac's at the office so this is guessing - (crazy) - (7)
             Focus in on the largest quickly... - (Yendor) - (6)
                 On my MacBook one gets: - (a6l6e6x) - (5)
                     Re: On my MacBook one gets: - (Yendor) - (3)
                         Indeed, sudo does it. - (a6l6e6x) - (2)
                             wonder what that private/var/vm does? - (boxley) - (1)
                                 I GUESS it was ok - (crazy)
                     didnt look at the .Trash files... hmm -NT - (boxley)

But he doesn't look quite skeletal enough for both to be true, does he?
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