du -x --max-depth=1 | sort -n | awk '{ print $2 }' | xargs du -hx --max-depth=0

Numerically sorted human readable disk usage

Provides numerically sorted human readable du output. I so wish there was just a du flag for this.
Sample Output
# du -x --max-depth=1 /var | sort -n | awk '{ print $2 }' | xargs du -hx --max-depth=0
0       /var/lock
128K    /var/run
4.0K    /var/crash
4.0K    /var/games
4.0K    /var/local
4.0K    /var/opt
4.0K    /var/tmp
8.0K    /var/mail
692K    /var/spool
7.2M    /var/backups
13M     /var/log
97M     /var/www
236M    /var/lib
539M    /var/cache
891M    /var

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By: d34dh0r53
2010-02-18 19:46:47

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What Others Think

That's brilliant. And yeah, why isn't there an argument for this?
Xinerama · 430 weeks and 4 days ago
The most recent version of gnu coreutils contains sort with the -h option: ?-h? ?--human-numeric-sort? ?--sort=human-numeric? Sort numerically, as per the --numeric-sort option below, and in addition handle IEC or SI suffixes like MiB, MB etc (Block size). Note a mixture of IEC and SI suffixes is not supported and will be flagged as an error. Also the numbers must be abbreviated uniformly. I.E. values with different precisions like 6000K and 5M will be sorted incorrectly. --- I believe that this is in core-utils 8.4 -- the version in Ubuntu Karmic is core-utils 7.4, which does not support this.
bartonski · 430 weeks ago

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