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from my bashrc ;)
This one line Perl script will display the smallest to the largest files sizes in all directories on a server.
All folders, human-readable, no subfolder, with a total. Even shorter.
i'm using gawk, you may get varying mileage with other varieties. You might want to change the / after du to say, /home/ or /var or something, otherwise this command might take quite some time to complete. Sorry it's so obsfucated, I had to turn a script into a one-liner under 255 characters for commandlinefu. Note: the bar ratio is relative, so the highest ratio of the total disk, "anchors" the rest of the graph. EDIT: the math was slightly wrong, fixed it. Also, made it compliant with older versions of df.
This command simply outputs 10 files in human readable, that takes most space on your disk in current directory.
In this case I'm just grabbing the next level of subdirectories (and same level regular files) with the --max-depth=1 flag. leaving out that flag will just give you finer resolution. Note that you have to use the -h switch with both 'du' and with 'sort.'
as per eightmillion's comment.
Simply economical :)
6 characters counting whitespace!
Shows the size of the directory the command is ran in.
The size is in MB and GB.
There is no need to type the path, its the current working directory.
Use this to find identify if dirs mostly contain large or small files.
Specify the size in bytes using the 'c' option for the -size flag. The + sign reads as "bigger than". Then execute du on the list; sort in reverse mode and show the first 10 occurrences.
This command lists all the directories in SEARCHPATH by size, displaying their size in a human readable format.
Even simpler! Use du ... the -s and -c flags summarize and print a grand total of all files recursively. The -b flag prints in byte format. You can use the -h flag instead to print in human readable format.
If you're only using -m or -k, you will need to remember they are either in Megabyte or kilobyte forms. So by using -B, it gives you the unit of the size measurement, which helps you from reading the result faster. You can try with -B K as well.
Credit goes to brun65i but he posted it as a comment instead as an alternative. I hadn't noticed the -h option on sort before and this seems like the cleanest alternative. Thanks Brun65i!
print sum of disk usage for filetype within current dir and subdirs