gt5 - a diff-capable ’du-browser’
gt5 [ dir | file | dir file | file file2 ] [options]
gt5 reads the output of du, compares it with a du-log saved by the last
run, converts it into HTML and opens the resulting file with a
If files are given on the commandline they are expected to be
(optionally gzip/bzip2-compressed) logfiles of du -akx /some/dir. It
is up to you to take care that the given directories/files represent
the same directory. gt5 will show lots of new files if you don’t. ;-)
Files and directories that are below float percent of their
parents are not shown. Default is 0.1, gt5 will accept values
between 0.01 and 30.
Turn on debug. Generate HTML files and do not run browser.
Use directory instead of ~/.gt5-diffs/ to read/store du-logs.
This switch is ignored if gt5 is only used with files.
Do not save the current state, in other words: be able to diff
against the old state again. This feature is disabled if gt5 is
only used with files.
--help Display brief help.
Also insert links to files to access them from within gt5. This
can be very handy if your browser is configured to handle the
files MIME-type correctly. This feature is disabled if gt5 is
only used with files.
Do not show anything below a depth of int directories. Default
is 5 (also see BUGS below).
Only consider the int biggest files and directories within the
output of du.
Use this if you are not interested in the history of the
directories processed, for example in /tmp.
DEPRECATED, use du -akx or du -ak (see --with-mounts), save the
output to a file and run gt5 against one (ore two) of these
Force saving current state, overwriting a previous --discard.
(Some people seem to have gt5 aliased to gt5 --discard.)
By default gt5 calls du with -akx to ignore mounted filesystems.
Use this to inspect mounted partitions too, i.e. call du with
If gawk or a textbrowser are missing and you want to install them into
~/bin (or /usr/local/bin if you have write access there), gt5 comes
with the following helpers:
Download, compile and install a copy of gawk.
Download, compile and install a copy of links.
Download, compile and install a copy of links2.
Download, compile and install a copy of elinks.
It is recommended to use links with gt5. Other textbrowsers are also
possible but there are several good reasons why links is given priority
over the others:
links is much faster on startup/exit
lynx: does not honor a documents coloring
no colors, unfavourable cursor navigation
no colors, cant handle <a name>-tags
w3m: Version 0.5.2 and later are known to work. Older versions
experienced unfavourable handling of <a name>-tag, unfavourable
cursor navigation and no colors
Only links/links2, elinks and lynx are now considered usable (and also
chosen in that order). See ENVIRONMENT/GT5_BROWSER below.
contains a copy of the last run
compressed du-logs are stored here
force using a (specific) textbrowser
force using a (specific) charset for HTML header instead of
Directories at depth max-depth are not browsable and so look like
Thomas Sattler <gt5 at gmx dot net>
du(1), links(1), elinks(1), lynx(1)