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Numerically sorted human readable disk usage

Terminal - Numerically sorted human readable disk usage
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
Numerically sorted human readable disk usage

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


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Terminal - Alternatives
du --max-depth=1
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
Tags: disk usage

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

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.

sudo du -sh $(ls -d */) 2> /dev/null
du -h | sort -hr

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That's brilliant. And yeah, why isn't there an argument for this?

Comment by Xinerama 300 weeks and 5 days ago

The most recent version of gnu coreutils contains sort with the -h option:




Sort numerically, as per the --numeric-sort option below, and in addition handle IEC or SI suffixes like MiB, MB etc (Block size). Note a mixture of IEC and SI suffixes is not supported and will be flagged as an error. Also the numbers must be abbreviated uniformly. I.E. values with different precisions like 6000K and 5M will be sorted incorrectly.


I believe that this is in core-utils 8.4 -- the version in Ubuntu Karmic is core-utils 7.4, which does not support this.

Comment by bartonski 300 weeks and 1 day ago

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