One of the limitations of file managers is the inability the give you precise info about large folders. When this can come in really handy is for making data DVDs, as I allow for a maximum of 4486 Mb. In Ubuntu using Nautilus (the default file manager), I can right-click the folder and with Properties find out the total size including sub-folders, but 4.4 Gb isn’t really that helpful to me! With Windows Explorer, you can simply hover your mouse over the folder and a tooltip with the size will appear, but this isn’t always reliable (when all it can tell you is the folder is over 700 Mb or whatever), and while right-clicking and using Properties gives me a somewhat more accurate 4.38 Gb, it still doesn’t tell me how much I can still squeeze in, or if I have actualy gone over the limit.
So to find out the total size of a folder in megabytes, open a terminal there and enter:
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