Show the disk usage for files pointed by symbolic link in a directory

find /usr/lib -maxdepth 1 -type l -print0 | xargs -r0 du -Lh
You also can sum the file usage of all files find /usr/lib -maxdepth 1 -type l -print0 | xargs -r0 du -Lch

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By: starchox
2009-03-07 00:17:45

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    ls -l | grep ^l
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  • == remove broken links == find -L . -type l -exec rm -rf {} \; == how this work == "symbolic link; this is never true if the -L option or the -follow option is in effect, unless the symbolic link is broken. If you want to search for symbolic links when -L is in effect, use -xtype." -- manpage of find.


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  • if you had a symbolic link called "oldLink" in the current folder then you would want to do unlink oldLink


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    unlink <linkname>
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