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List 10 largest directories in current directory

Terminal - List 10 largest directories in current directory
du -hs */ | sort -hr | head
2010-11-28 15:08:01
User: eronisko
Functions: du sort
List 10 largest directories in current directory

Directories listed in human-readable format


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
du -hsx * | sort -rh | head -10
du . -mak|sort -n|tail -10
2010-12-03 19:28:55
User: georgesdev
Functions: du sort tail

du -m option to not go across mounts (you usually want to run that command to find what to destroy in that partition)

-a option to also list . files

-k to display in kilobytes

sort -n to sort in numerical order, biggest files last

tail -10 to only display biggest 10

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What others think

Unfortunately my "sort" doesn't support the -h parameter, so I'd need to remove the "-h" from both "du" and "sort", like this:

du -s */|sort -r|head

If you really want sizes that look like "1K" instead of "1024", and you can live with *two* passes of the "du" command, then this alternative works for me:

du -sh $(du -s */|sort -r|head|cut -f2-)

For what it's worth, I prefer to use just "*" instead of "*/", because 1) symlinks might be in the pwd and I typically don't care about the sizes of those, and 2) if there's a large file in the pwd I usually want to know about it. Also, I prefer to have the largest directories near the bottom of the output. Thus the command that I usually use is a minor variant of this:

du -sh $(du -s *|sort|tail|cut -f2-)

The actual command I use has some features for error-checking and passing in overrides of "*", but it's the same basic idea. Someday I'd like to eliminate the second pass of "du", but so far it hasn't been enough of a problem to bother fixing it.

Comment by willdye 225 weeks and 3 days ago

Your point of view

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