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May 10, 2005

Tracking Disk Space on TUSK Servers

Back in January I wrote about what's taking space on our (Tufts University Sciences Knowledgebase) servers. I'm trying to get a sense of how much we're growing.

1.8 G - fop generated pdfs (from XML documents)
4.4 G - static pdfs
1.5 G - images on filesystem
13.0 G - other downloadable files (zip, powerpoint)
5.3 G - flashpix images
14 G - streaming media (real, quicktime, mp3)
3 G - ULMS data
33 G - MySQL data files

The most significant changes since January are the downloadable files, which has grown 6.4 G, and the MySQL data files which have grown 8 G. To be scientific about this I should probably set up a regular script that I can use to grab the size of folders and provide regular data to plot the stats on a chart.

Update: It took all of 15 minutes to create a small shell script that gathers the usage from the various places and put in it cron so on the 1st of each month I'll get a report. I also created an Excel spreadsheet and corresponding graph that shows the changes over time, which will come in handy when trying to determine how much space to plan for down the road.

Posted by mike at May 10, 2005 8:59 AM