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On Ubuntu, I enjoyed the disk usage analyzer "Baobab" to drill down into my file system and see what was taking up so much space. One invaluable feature was to connect to a remote system over SSH and display the nice pie charts of that system.

Now that I'm stuck on a Mac, that specific tool isn't easily* available. Is there an alternative for displaying a multilevel pie chart of a remote file system over SSH for OS X?

  • Baobab is available through MacPorts as part of the gnome-utils package, but it carries with it the entire gnome-desktop suite as a dependency.
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I found out that I can use Macfusion to mount a remote file system over SSH so it appears to be local. Then I can use one of the many alternatives to Baobab that don't have this feature.

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What about running Baobab on the remote server using your Mac as the X server?

I'm not familiar with Baobab, but this test will demonstrate what I mean:

(localhost) $ ssh -X remote-host

(remote-host) $ xclock &

This should launch xclock on your Mac's display. If that works, try launching Baobab from the command line and watch the pretty pictures on your mac.

This relies on X forwarding being enabled on both the client and server sides. Default configuration usually allows this, but some places lock that down.

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