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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.
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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
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:
Essentially the same as funky's alias, but will not traverse filesystems and has nicer formatting.
If you can do better, submit your command here.
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