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May 19, 2015 - A Look At The New Commandlinefu
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I'm Jon, I'll be maintaining and improving clfu. Thanks to David for building such a great resource!

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Shows size of dirs and files, hidden or not, sorted.

Terminal - Shows size of dirs and files, hidden or not, sorted.
du -cs * .[^\.]* | sort -n
2009-03-02 18:43:48
User: cemsbr
Functions: du sort
Shows size of dirs and files, hidden or not, sorted.

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.


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
du --max-depth=1 -h * |sort -n -k 1 |egrep 'M|G'
du --max-depth=1 -h * |sort -h -k 1 |egrep '(M|G)\s'
2013-02-14 08:56:56
User: TerDale
Functions: du egrep sort

Enhanced version: fixes sorting by human readable numbers, and filters out non MB or GB entries that have a G or an M in their name.

ls -a | du --max-depth=1 -h 2>/dev/null |sort -h

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What others think

If you have 'du' aliased to 'du -h', like I do, add a backslash at the beginning to run the real 'du' and not the alias, otherwise it doesn't work like it should.

Comment by leper421 399 weeks and 3 days ago

du -ms $i |sort -nr

Similar to original but Korn Shell compatible, i.e. on AIX Unix. The AIX ``du'' implementation lacks the ``-h'' flag, so you have to specify whether you want the results in megabytes ``-m'' or gigabytes ``-g''

Comment by arlequin 376 weeks and 1 day ago

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