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sort the output of the 'du' command by largest first, using human readable output.

Terminal - sort the output of the 'du' command by largest first, using human readable output.
du -h --max-depth=1 |sort -rh
2011-11-15 20:30:00
User: jambino
Functions: du sort
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sort the output of the 'du' command by largest first, using human readable output.

In this case I'm just grabbing the next level of subdirectories (and same level regular files) with the --max-depth=1 flag. leaving out that flag will just give you finer resolution. Note that you have to use the -h switch with both 'du' and with 'sort.'

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Doesn't seem to work on a linux systems, atleast not on rhel

Comment by pykler 264 weeks and 3 days ago

Doesn't seem to work on a linux systems, atleast not on rhel

Comment by pykler 264 weeks and 3 days ago

The -h option to sort is a new one. RHEL 5 does not have that version of sort.

You can grab the sort command from a more recent Linux distro and use. I have done that.

Comment by DaveQB 264 weeks and 3 days ago

Short form of this command would be:

du -sh * | sort -rh
Comment by sirex 264 weeks and 3 days ago

For older versions of sort this should to the trick:

du --max-depth=1 | sort -nr | awk '{suffs="k M G"; N=split(suffs,suff," "); for(n=1; $1>1024 && n<N; n=n+1) {$1=$1/1024} printf("%0.1f%s\t%s\n", $1, suff[n], $2)}'
Comment by aikikode 264 weeks and 3 days ago

Yeah, I'm finding that EL 5 (RHEL, CentOS, SL, RedHawk) has an earlier version of sort that doesn't have the '-h' switch. I'm going through some of my older boxes and upgrading sort just to have this. I use it too much not to have it available.

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