I am not a system admin so I don’t remember how to do an infinite loop in bash, tcsh, ksh, perl, wtv*sh etc. So I really like the solution of the ‘watch‘ command.
watch du -sh * # watch the file size of current directory grow watch `du -sh * | tail -n3` # watch the size of just the last 3 files
The Problem on Second Try
Sometimes, however, the first try works as desired and the second try prints weird errors, often in weird output that stacks on top of itself. This drove me nuts and I couldn’t find the solution quickly ever and ended up re-running the command manually.
Finally today someone saw me struggling and knew with this particular process standard error was written to frequently and suggested putting stderr to dev null in the watch command.
watch "df -h 2>/dev/null" # watch mount file size grow watch "df -h 2>/dev/null | grep ess" # watch ess mounts grow
After looking more into it the double quotes also solves other problems with displaying the output correctly etc. Thank you so much for helping me be just that slightly more productive without having to do things the hard way!
I hope this helps you too.