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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
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.


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

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

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

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 350 weeks and 3 days ago

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