do a directory disk usage summary without giving the details for the subdirectories

for dir in $(ls); do du -sk ${dir}; done
Sometimes you want to know the summary of the sizes of directories without seeing the details in their subdirectories. Especially if it is going to just scroll off the screen. This one liner summarizes the disk usage of any number of directories in a directory without giving all the details of whats happening underneath.
Sample Output
dir1 500
dir2 145
dir3 340400
dir4 2345

2009-03-24 13:42:55

What Others Think

No need for $(ls) for dir in *; do du -sk $dir; done
atoponce · 651 weeks and 2 days ago
du --max-depth=1
juddmaltin · 651 weeks and 2 days ago
My above method does not fail on names with spaces or other special characters.
juddmaltin · 651 weeks and 2 days ago
Or just do du -sk *
flooey · 651 weeks and 2 days ago
Or for human readable: du -sh * And for just a summary of the current dir: du -sh .
bshep · 651 weeks and 1 day ago
Thanks. I completely missed the max depth argument.
morlockhq_ · 650 weeks and 5 days ago
Thanks for this. I was just building up on something like find . -maxdepth 1 -type d | xargs du -sh but du --max-depth=1 -h just does the job!
udog · 593 weeks and 5 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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