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Get the size of all the directories in current directory (Sorted Human Readable)

Terminal - Get the size of all the directories in current directory (Sorted Human Readable)
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
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Get the size of all the directories in current directory (Sorted Human Readable)

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

Alternatives

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Terminal - Alternatives
du --max-depth=1
du -sh */
du -x --max-depth=1 | sort -n | awk '{ print $2 }' | xargs du -hx --max-depth=0
2010-02-18 19:46:47
User: d34dh0r53
Functions: awk du sort xargs
4

Provides numerically sorted human readable du output. I so wish there was just a du flag for this.

du -sch ./*
du -hd 1
2009-08-10 13:11:22
User: Tuirgin
Functions: du
Tags: disk usage osx
3

OSX's BSD version of the du command uses the -d argument instead of --max-depth.

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What others think

I've been using a similar compound command for some time, but this approach has the same problem as mine: it invokes du twice, which can be slow in some cases. The only way that I can think of to get around this problem is to get the du totals in the normal numeric form, and then have the command translate the numbers into human-readable form. That seems a shame, since the code to generate human-readable output already exists in du. Maybe the best solution is to submit a patch to give the du command a new switch: sort the output by total size.

Comment by willdye 281 weeks and 6 days ago

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