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df -h /du -h output


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Oct 24, 2013, 11:09 AM

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df -h /du -h output Can't Post


I'm new to Perl and want to be able to run a df -h and du -h against a number of volumes and log this output to a DB. At the moment I would like to just be able to log this output to a file, and look at the DB part at a later date.

What I would like to do is I have a number of directories and daily I want to run a du -h against these directories and finally graph the data, so I can see on a daily basis on a size of a directory.

Would someone be able to point in a direction on how to do this?


Oct 24, 2013, 12:03 PM

Post #2 of 3 (832 views)
Re: [Fleximous] df -h /du -h output [In reply to] Can't Post

The commands 'du' and 'df' are not perl commands. (I assume that they are UNIX shell commands.) It is possible (even easy) to run shell commands from within perl. This is not a good idea for production software, especially software that you are already planning on enhancing. I am certain that the functions that you require are avilable in pure Perl. (refer: perldoc perlfunc)

Perl is an excelent language choice for your DB interface. (Refer to CPAN module DBI)

You will probably want to generate your graphics on a server and display them in the user's browser. Perl's CGI module will become your friend.
Good Luck,

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Oct 24, 2013, 12:12 PM

Post #3 of 3 (831 views)
Re: [Fleximous] df -h /du -h output [In reply to] Can't Post

Take a look at these 2 modules.

du - display disk usage statistics

Filesys::Df - Perl extension for filesystem disk space information.


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