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du -aB1m|awk '$1 >= 100'
echo $( du -sm /var/log/* | cut -f 1 ) | sed 's/ /+/g'
2009-07-31 21:42:53
User: flux
Functions: cut du echo sed
Tags: echo bc

When you've got a list of numbers each on its row, the ECHO command puts them on a simple line, separated by space. You can then substitute the spaces with an operator. Finally, pipe it to the BC program.

du -ms * | sort -nk1
du -sh *
du -hs /example/folder/
function duf { du -sk "$@" | sort -n | while read size fname; do for unit in k M G T P E Z Y; do if [ $size -lt 1024 ]; then echo -e "${size}${unit}\t${fname}"; break; fi; size=$((size/1024)); done; done; }
du -ms * .[^.]*| sort -nk1
2009-07-01 13:38:13
User: ioggstream
Functions: du sort

using mb it's still readable;) a symbol variation

$ du -ms {,.[^.]}* | sort -nk1

function duf { du -k $@ | sort -rn | perl -ne '($s,$f)=split(/\t/,$_,2);for(qw(K M G T)){if($s<1024){$x=($s<10?"%.1f":"%3d");printf("$x$_\t%s",$s,$f);last};$s/=1024}' }
find . -depth -type d -exec du -s {} \; | sort -k1nr
2009-06-23 20:52:35
User: mohan43u
Functions: du find sort
Tags: sort find du

somewhat faster version to see the size of our directories. Size will be in Kilo Bytes. to view smallest first change '-k1nr' to '-k1n'.

find . -iname '*.jar' | xargs du -ks | cut -f1 | xargs echo | sed "s/ /+/g" | bc
du -sb *|sort -nr|head|awk '{print $2}'|xargs du -sh
find /path/to/my/files/ -type f -name "*txt*" | xargs du -k | awk 'BEGIN{x=0}{x=x+$1}END{print x}'
2009-04-16 14:17:04
Functions: awk du find xargs

Use the find command to match certain files and summarise their total size in KBytes.

du -xk | sort -n | tail -20
2009-03-30 11:37:43
User: dopeman
Functions: du sort tail

This command will tell you the 20 biggest directories starting from your working directory and skips directories on other filesystems. Useful for resolving disk space issues.

du -hS / | perl -ne '(m/\d{3,}M\s+\S/ || m/G\s+\S/) && print'
2009-03-25 18:06:53
User: Alioth
Functions: du perl

Finds all directories containing more than 99MB of files, and prints them in human readable format. The directories sizes do not include their subdirectories, so it is very useful for finding any single directory with a lot of large files.

for dir in $(ls); do du -sk ${dir}; done
2009-03-24 13:42:55
User: morlockhq_
Functions: dir du

Sometimes you want to know the summary of the sizes of directories without seeing the details in their subdirectories. Especially if it is going to just scroll off the screen. This one liner summarizes the disk usage of any number of directories in a directory without giving all the details of whats happening underneath.

find /usr/lib -maxdepth 1 -type l -print0 | xargs -r0 du -Lh
2009-03-07 00:17:45
User: starchox
Functions: du find xargs

You also can sum the file usage of all files

find /usr/lib -maxdepth 1 -type l -print0 | xargs -r0 du -Lch
du -sh *
SUM=0; for FILESIZE in `find /tmp -type f -iname \*pdf -exec du -b {} \; 2>/dev/null | cut -f1` ; do (( SUM += $FILESIZE )) ; done ; echo "sum=$SUM"
2009-03-05 17:16:52
User: alcik
Functions: cut du echo
Tags: find du

This example summarize size of all pdf files in /tmp directory and its subdirectories (in bytes).

Replace "/tmp" with directory path of your choice and "\*pdf" or even "-iname \*pdf" with your own pattern to match specific type of files. You can replace also parameter for du to count kilo or megabytes, but because of du rounding the sum will not be correct (especially with lot of small files and megabytes counting).

In some cases you could probably use sth like this:

du -cb `find /tmp -type f -iname \*pdf`|tail -n 1

But be aware that this second command CANNOT count files with spaces in their names and it will cheat you, if there are some files matching the pattern that you don't have rights to read. The first oneliner is resistant to such problems (it will not count sizes of files which you cant read but will give you correct sum of rest of them).

du | sort -n | tail -11 | head
2009-03-04 16:06:34
User: phage
Functions: du sort tail

The pipe to head removes the listing of . as the largest directory.

du -cs * .[^\.]* | sort -n
2009-03-02 18:43:48
User: cemsbr
Functions: du sort

Very useful when you need disk space. It calculates the disk usage of all files and dirs (descending them) located at the current directory (including hidden ones). Then sort puts them in order.

export IFS=$'\n';for dir in $( ls -l | grep ^d | cut -c 52-);do du -sh $dir; done
du --max-depth=1 | sort -r -n | awk '{split("k m g",v); s=1; while($1>1024){$1/=1024; s++} print int($1)" "v[s]"\t"$2}'
2009-02-24 11:03:08
User: hans
Functions: awk du sort

I use this on debian testing, works like the other sorted du variants, but i like small numbers and suffixes :)

find . -type d -execdir du -sh '{}' ';' | grep -E "[0-9]+K" | sed 's/^[0-9\.]\+K[\t ]\+//' | tr "\n" "\0" | xargs -0 rm -rf
du -b --max-depth 1 | sort -nr | perl -pe 's{([0-9]+)}{sprintf "%.1f%s", $1>=2**30? ($1/2**30, "G"): $1>=2**20? ($1/2**20, "M"): $1>=2**10? ($1/2**10, "K"): ($1, "")}e'