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Find top 5 big files

Terminal - Find top 5 big files
find . -type f -exec ls -s {} \; | sort -n -r | head -5
2013-03-19 12:16:24
User: opexxx
Functions: find head ls sort
-3
Find top 5 big files

Find top 5 big files

Alternatives

There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
ls -Sh **/*(.Lm+100) | tail -5
2013-03-21 20:22:11
User: khayyam
Functions: ls tail
Tags: tail ls zsh
1

zsh: list of files sorted by size, greater than 100mb, head the top 5. '**/*' is recursive, and the glob qualifiers provide '.' = regular file, 'L' size, which is followed by 'm' = 'megabyte', and finally '+100' = a value of 100

count=0;while IFS= read -r -d '' line; do echo "${line#* }"; ((++count==5)) && break; done < <(find . -type f -printf '%s %p\0' | sort -znr)
2013-03-19 17:19:26
User: sharfah
Functions: echo find read sort
Tags: sort find head,
-4

This command is more robust because it handles spaces, newlines and control characters in filenames. It uses printf, not ls, to determine file size.

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What others think

You're better to use:

find -type f -print0 | xargs -0 ls -s | sort -n -r | head -n 5

which will avoid running `ls` for every filename (it'll group them).

Comment by wejn 179 weeks and 5 days ago

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