List directories recursively showing its sizes using only ls and grep

ls -lhR | grep -e "total\|:$"
ls -lhR Lists everithing using -l "long listing format" wich includes the space used by the folder. Displays it in -h "human readable form" (i.e. 2.2G, 32K), and -R recurses subfolders. grep -e using a regex, show lines containing the word "total" or a ":" at the end of the line (those with the name of the folder) only.
Sample Output
.:
total 60K
./documents:
total 2.2G
./error:
total 32K

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By: Sebasg
2013-01-22 04:58:51

What Others Think

What is wrong with du -h ?
michelsberg · 303 weeks and 3 days ago
I don't have permission to run du (or to install it) on the server.
Sebasg · 303 weeks and 3 days ago
Ok, I thought du would exist on any relevant *nix since it is in the coreutils.
michelsberg · 303 weeks and 3 days ago
very good
aelam · 303 weeks and 3 days ago
you're right, i understand it's use. for those have root on machine: du -csh /var/* [me@this] 22 19:39 Tue Jan 22 > sudo du -shc /var/* 2.0M /var/backups 548M /var/cache 700K /var/crash 4.0K /var/games 195M /var/lib 4.0K /var/local 0 /var/lock 6.7M /var/log 4.0K /var/mail 4.0K /var/metrics 4.0K /var/opt 0 /var/run 88K /var/spool 11M /var/tmp 763M total
gvitalie · 303 weeks and 3 days ago
To memorize it better, german speakers can use ls -Roh | grep "insgesamt\|:$" ("Roh" means raw) ls -o is almost identical to ls -l, but does only list owner info (and no group name).
michelsberg · 303 weeks and 2 days ago

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