Find large files on a Mac using Terminal

Every few days, I had an issue where my startup disk was full and emptying the trash just wasn’t doing enough.

I found the following command online that searches a file system for files over 500MB and prints the file path. It identified files I had totally forgotten about as well as some huge files generated by apps I no longer used.

sudo find / -size +500000 -print

I then used the rm command to delete files. When deleting entire directories I used the recursive flag (be careful!)
rm -rf <directory path>

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Using Terminal Screen Command

This is a simple one. For some reason, every time I use the screen command in terminal, I forget the commands.

There are probably lots of cool reasons to use screen but I use it to run a script over a longish period. The advantage of screen is I can start the script in the screen instance and detach from it. I can close my laptop and return later to my terminal, open my screen and check the progress of the script. Also, you can run multiple instances of a script as each screen has its own process.

So the basic commands I use and tend to forget are… Continue reading