Usage Instructions

ncdu is a great text-based user interface to manage your stored data.

Prerequisite

Login to your service via SSH. See How to connect to your Ultra.cc slot via SSH.

Usage Guide

List all Directories and Files

  • Execute the following SSH command:
ncdu -x ~/
  • Ouput Example:
ncdu 1.13 ~ Use the arrow keys to navigate, press ? for help                                                 
--- /home2/ultradocs ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------    
    5.8 GiB [##########] /Stuff                                                                              
   49.1 MiB [          ] /.apps
   41.5 MiB [          ] /bin
    7.8 MiB [          ] /.local
    4.3 MiB [          ] /downloads
  420.0 KiB [          ] /.config
  164.0 KiB [          ] /.cache
   16.0 KiB [          ] /media
   12.0 KiB [          ] /watch
   12.0 KiB [          ] /www
    8.0 KiB [          ] /.gnupg
    8.0 KiB [          ] /scripts
    8.0 KiB [          ] /.ssh
    4.0 KiB [          ]  .bashrc
    4.0 KiB [          ]  .bash_history
    4.0 KiB [          ]  .profile
    4.0 KiB [          ]  .bash_logout
    4.0 KiB [          ]  .wget-hsts
    4.0 KiB [          ]  .selected_editor
>   0.0   B [          ] /MergerFS
  • You can now use the arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate the directory structure of your service.
  • Highlight a file or folder using the arrow keys and press the d key to delete it.
  • Press the q key to quit ncdu.

Exclude Certain Directories from the Scan

  • Some directories contain a large number of small files which exponentially increase the amount of time taken for ncdu to complete it's initial scan.
  • The most common directories that cause this are those of large Media Server Application metadata stores.
  • To exclude them, run the following SSH command:
ncdu -x ~/ --exclude=.config/plex --exclude=.apps/emby --exclude=.apps/jellyfin
  • ncdu will now skip scanning the ~/.config/plex, ~/.apps/emby, and ~/.apps/jellyfin directories.
  • These directories if they exist, will appear empty.

Use ncdu to Confirm whether a File is a Hardlink or Not

  • ncdu also detects files which are hardlinks.
  • Hardlinks will have a capital H symbol.
  • Example:

ncdu-hardlink.png

  • This indicates that the file ubuntu-21.10-desktop-amd64.iso in ~/downloads/transmission is a hardlink.
  • Note that only files can be hardlinks. Directories cannot be hardlinks.