NAS326 du is showing less used than df

Harald
Harald Posts: 3  Freshman Member
edited September 2019 in Personal Cloud Storage
My NAS326 is almost full. df indicates 3.4T used from 3.6T, but du indicates 1.4T used. Why the difference?


#NAS_Sep_2019

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  • lodiabai
    lodiabai Posts: 120  Ally Member
    Basically, df reads the superblock only and trusts it completely. du reads each object and sums them up.

    Also, a running process can keep a deleted file open. This means the space will still be reserved and seen by df, but since du will no longer see a reference to that file in the directory tree, it cannot see those reserved blocks.
  • eozrocwd
    eozrocwd Posts: 58  Ally Member
    edited September 2019
    The du command only calculates the space occupied by the file.
    The du command only calculates the storage space occupied by files that can be accessed. There are two cases that the du command does not calculate the space that has been allocated to the file.
    Case 1:
    The file is hidden. For example, if a file is stored in the /hola directory and then the file system is installed in the /hola directory, the du command will not calculate the storage space occupied by the files in the /hola directory.
    Case 2:
    The file was opened by another application and the file was deleted. In this case, the storage space occupied by the file will remain in the assigned state until all access to this file is closed. Since there is no relevant record for this file in the directory, the du command will not calculate the allocated space of this file, however the df command will calculate this part of the allocated space.
  • grizewald
    grizewald Posts: 4
    Harald said:
    My NAS326 is almost full. df indicates 3.4T used from 3.6T, but du indicates 1.4T used. Why the difference?


    #NAS_Sep_2019
    The version of busybox used in the NAS326 firmware is 1.19.4 from 4 Feb 2012. This version of busybox contains a bug in the du command which makes it unable to understand sizes over 2TB. I just discovered this myself after buying my own NAS326 and wondering why the 3.6TB of data I synced from my TrueNAS server to a folder on the NAS326 showed 2.0TB used when I checked with du when I know from the same command on the TrueNAS that the actual space used is around 3.6TB.

  • Zyxel_Can
    Zyxel_Can Posts: 339  Zyxel Employee

    Hi @grizewald,


    Thank you for your feedback.

     

    Currently we don’t have plan for upgrading NAS326 BusyBox version.

    Please kindly limit your file size less than 2TB.