Get the size of all the directories in current directory (Sorted Human Readable)

sudo du -ks $(ls -d */) | sort -nr | cut -f2 | xargs -d '\n' du -sh 2> /dev/null
This allows the output to be sorted from largest to smallest in human readable format.

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By: Code_Bleu
2009-08-17 22:21:09

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I've been using a similar compound command for some time, but this approach has the same problem as mine: it invokes du twice, which can be slow in some cases. The only way that I can think of to get around this problem is to get the du totals in the normal numeric form, and then have the command translate the numbers into human-readable form. That seems a shame, since the code to generate human-readable output already exists in du. Maybe the best solution is to submit a patch to give the du command a new switch: sort the output by total size.
willdye · 436 weeks and 6 days ago

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