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I'm trying to determine how big a cloned Git repository is from a local file system. It creates hard links for some but not all files. How can I determine the disk usage of it? The best I can come up with is "du -a" right now with the original and again with the clone to determine the difference, since each hard linked file will be counted only once. Ideally, I would just run du on the clone and count each hard linked file zero times.

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The default behavior of du is not to count hard linked files several times.

You may enable it to count hard linked files as many times as it linked with -l option:

I have 3 links to the file of 32 Kb.

$ du 
36  .


$ du -l
100 .

The extra 4 Kb in both cases is the size of directory itself

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