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List by size all of the directories in a given tree.

Terminal - List by size all of the directories in a given tree.
du -h /path | sort -h
2011-09-02 13:26:23
User: moogmusic
Functions: du sort
16
List by size all of the directories in a given tree.

Alternatives

There are 7 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
du -sh * | sort -h
SEARCHPATH=/var/; find $SEARCHPATH -type d -print0 | xargs -0 du -s 2> /dev/null | sort -nr | sed 's|^.*'$SEARCHPATH'|'$SEARCHPATH'|' | xargs du -sh 2> /dev/null
2011-07-06 08:21:58
User: moogmusic
Functions: du find sed sort xargs
-2

This command lists all the directories in SEARCHPATH by size, displaying their size in a human readable format.

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What others think

Very nice -h option for sort. I usually use the "du -k /path | sort -n" command which will give similar output but not that "human" readable as your.

Comment by ztank1013 274 weeks ago

sort's option -h is great indeed, but can somebody tell me in which version of sort it first appeared? It is pitty that my system lacks such an option...

Comment by xakon 274 weeks ago

'sort -h' is present in v8.5 ... looking for a changelog on GNU coreutils that doesn't require me to download the entire source code, argh. The changelog doesn't use version numbers, only dates, but mentions the --human-readable option in 2004 but not for which program in coreutils.

Comment by Mozai 274 weeks ago

Got

sort: invalid option -- 'h'

Try `sort --help' for more information.

Comment by totti 273 weeks and 3 days ago

My system also doesn't have an -h option for sort, which is a shame. This workaround is very useful to me, rounds to the nearest megabyte:

du -ms * | sort -nr

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