Checking your Disk Space Usage
To check your disk usage, you must log into the server via Telnet. Our FAQ on using the Telnet communication protocol will walk you through the built-in
windows 95 version. Other users will need to obtain a telnet client from their software
vendor or from one of the free software sites listed on our Resources page.
Once you have logged into the server, you will be at the te.netmand prompt in your root
directory. Typing the following:
will yield a number like:
This figure is in kilobytes. If you divide it by 1024 you will have the megabytes it
represents (6785/1024 = 6.625 megabytes).
This represents the space used by your WebPages, graphics and other supporting files. If
the number seems a little large to you, try typing this command:
du -s * | more
and you will be presented with a list of your subdirectories and their
sizes. This will help you track down the largest areas of your site. You will need to run
these commands in any other directories on the server that you have.
For example, if you have had us enable your anonymous ftp directories
(we strongly discourage this), you will need to check them also. To do this, follow these steps:
Then again type:
Again, the resulting figure is in kilobytes. This would be added to the figure obtained
Note 1: If you do not know your IP
address, you may find it by typing this command at the Telnet prompt:
For example, if your domain name is bob.com,
you would type:
You may also find your IP address by using a utility
on our website; please click here.
Note 2: Most users will not have
their Anonymous FTP
Now check how much space your mail boxes are using. Change directories by typing:
ls -ald yourUserID*
For example, if your userID is bob, type:
ls -ald bob*
The result will look something like the ones below. The figures are in bytes (the * after
the userID lets you list all of your userID's at once).
-rw------- 1 bob bbsuser 1254 Mar 7 10:58 bob
-rw------- 1 bob2 ftponly 0 Mar 6 07:54 bob2
-rw------- 1 bob3 ftponly 0 Mar 7 10:58 bob3
-rw------- 1 bob4 ftponly 25654321 Mar 6 07:54 bob4
-rw------- 1 bob5 ftponly 14495 Mar 7 10:15 bob5
In this example, we see that bob and bob5 have a reasonable amount of mail awaiting them
and bob2 and bob3 have checked their mail recently and their mail client removed the mail
from the server when they were done. It would appear that bob4 has not been retrieving his
mail or that his mail program is set to leave mail on the server after retrieval. His
mailbox now contains about 24 megabytes. Added to the 6.625 from the example at the top of
this FAQ, this site's usage is over 30 megabytes and will incur additional charges. Mail
boxes that contain more than 10 megabytes are considered irretrievable and are
periodically emptied automatically by the system. Be sure to keep your mailbox sizes down
to minimum to ensure that important mail is not deleted.
Those who exceed their allotted amount of space will be charged for the
extra space. Our Pricing
Page contains our latest rates.