find /var -mount -ls -xdev | /usr/bin/sort -nr +6 | more

find largest file in /var

find largest file in /var

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By: mnikhil
2009-05-16 10:53:55

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On Debian squeeze,this fails, returning '/usr/bin/sort: find: warning: you have specified the -xdev option after a non-option argument -ls, but options are not positional (-xdev affects tests specified before it as well as those specified after it). Please specify options before other arguments.' Then sort fails: '/usr/bin/sort: open failed: +6: No such file or directory'
chattr · 470 weeks and 4 days ago
In ubuntu, following line works: find /var -mount -ls -xdev | sort -nr -k7 | more
alperyilmaz · 470 weeks and 1 day ago

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