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List the size (in human readable form) of all sub folders from the current location

Terminal - List the size (in human readable form) of all sub folders from the current location
du -h --max-depth=1
2009-02-05 14:37:24
User: PeekNPoke
Functions: du
List the size (in human readable form) of all sub folders from the current location


There are 5 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
sudo du -ks $(ls -d */) | sort -nr | cut -f2 | xargs -d '\n' du -sh 2> /dev/null
2009-08-17 22:21:09
User: Code_Bleu
Functions: cut du ls sort sudo xargs
Tags: disk usage

This allows the output to be sorted from largest to smallest in human readable format.

du -sh */
du -sch ./*
du -a --max-depth=1 | sort -n
du --max-depth=1|sort -n|cut -f2|tr '\n' '\0'|xargs -0 du -sh 2>/dev/null

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What others think

See also dutop:


Comment by pixelbeat 320 weeks and 4 days ago

I actually use this command as an alias to simply "d" all the time. So helpful!

Comment by volve 320 weeks and 4 days ago

slightly different version: sizes of subfolders and files in the current folder

du -sh *
Comment by chickenkiller 320 weeks and 3 days ago

i was just about to post chickenkiller's method too

Comment by jlin64 318 weeks and 3 days ago

The difference between chicknkiller's method and PeekNPoke's method, is PeekNPoke's recurses hidden files and directories, while chickenkiller's does not.

Comment by atoponce 316 weeks and 6 days ago

I use this a lot when I'm tracing down to free up space

du -sh */

same as chickenkiller but only show directories

Comment by asmoore82 316 weeks ago

On BSD you'd use

du -hd1
Comment by lme 314 weeks and 3 days ago

curses based: http://dev.yorhel.nl/ncdu/

Comment by Hollow 311 weeks and 6 days ago

Yes, this is very good one. I was always using

du -s *

but that, apparently is missing .* files

And I'm usually adding sort to du, to get better picture:

du -h --max-depth=1 | sort -n

Comment by vleolml 306 weeks and 6 days ago

You can't sort numbers followed by M K B try

du --max-depth=1 | sort -nr

n : sort by numbers

r : show big ones on the top :P

Comment by funyotros 281 weeks and 5 days ago

My du doesn't have a --maxdepth option.

Comment by putnamhill 276 weeks and 2 days ago

>>> You can't sort numbers followed by M K B try

But we can sort by this command:

du -h --max-depth=1 | sort -hr

-h: --human-numeric-sort compare human readable numbers (e.g., 2K 1G)

Comment by brun65i 230 weeks and 4 days ago

Now --max-depth has the short form -d, so --max-depth=N is the same as -d N

Comment by alfplayer 213 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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