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list the top 15 folders by decreasing size in MB

Terminal - list the top 15 folders by decreasing size in MB
du -mx [directory] | grep -P '^\d{4}' | sort -rn
2013-05-24 09:52:41
User: mc0e
Functions: du grep sort
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list the top 15 folders by decreasing size in MB

I don't like doing a massive sort on all the directory names just to get a small set of them. the above shows a sorted list of all directories over 1GB. use head as well if you want.

du's "-x" flag limits this to one file system. That's mostly useful when you run it on "/" but don't want "/proc" and "/dev" and so forth. Remember though that it will also exclude "/home" or "/var" if those are separate partitions.

the "-a" option is often useful too, for listing large files as well as large directories. Might be slower.

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Terminal - Alternatives
du -xB M --max-depth=2 /var | sort -rn | head -n 15
2013-05-23 10:45:21
User: bouktin
Functions: du head sort
Tags: bash Linux du
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list the top 15 folders by decreasing size in MB

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