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easily find megabyte eating files or directories

Terminal - easily find megabyte eating files or directories
du -kd | egrep -v "/.*/" | sort -n
2010-03-30 15:40:35
User: rmbjr60
Functions: du egrep sort
easily find megabyte eating files or directories

Thanks for the submit! My alternative produces summaries only for directories. The original post additionally lists all files in the current directory. Sometimes the files, they just clutter up the output. Once the big directory is located, *then* worry about which file(s) are consuming so much space.


There are 5 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
alias dush="du -sm *|sort -n|tail"
2010-03-26 10:18:57
User: funky
Functions: alias

sorts the files by integer megabytes, which should be enough to (interactively) find the space wasters. Now you can


for the above output,

dush -n 3

for only the 3 biggest files and so on. It's always a good idea to have this line in your .profile or .bashrc

du -cks * | sort -rn | while read size fname; do for unit in k M G T P E Z Y; do if [ $size -lt 1024 ]; then echo -e "${size}${unit}\t${fname}"; break; fi; size=$((size/1024)); done; done
du -hs *|grep M|sort -n
2010-03-25 19:20:24
User: tuxlifan
Functions: du grep sort

This is easy to type if you are looking for a few (hundred) "missing" megabytes (and don't mind the occasional K slipping in)...

A variation without false positives and also finding gigabytes (but - depending on your keyboard setup - more painful to type):

du -hs *|grep -P '^(\d|,)+(M|G)'|sort -n

(NOTE: you might want to replace the ',' according to your locale!)

Don't forget that you can

modify the globbing as needed! (e.g. '.[^\.]* *' to include hidden files and directories (w/ bash))

in its core similar to:


alias dush="du -xsm * | sort -n | awk '{ printf(\"%4s MB ./\",\$1) ; for (i=1;i<=NF;i++) { if (i>1) printf(\"%s \",\$i) } ; printf(\"\n\") }' | tail"
2010-07-15 10:38:27
User: dopeman
Functions: alias

Essentially the same as funky's alias, but will not traverse filesystems and has nicer formatting.

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