easily find megabyte eating files or directories

du -hs *|grep M|sort -n
This is easy to type if you are looking for a few (hundred) "missing" megabytes (and don't mind the occasional K slipping in)... A variation without false positives and also finding gigabytes (but - depending on your keyboard setup - more painful to type): du -hs *|grep -P '^(\d|,)+(M|G)'|sort -n (NOTE: you might want to replace the ',' according to your locale!) Don't forget that you can modify the globbing as needed! (e.g. '.[^\.]* *' to include hidden files and directories (w/ bash)) in its core similar to: http://www.commandlinefu.com/commands/view/706/show-sorted-list-of-files-with-sizes-more-than-1mb-in-the-current-dir
Sample Output
1,1M	htdig
1,1M	xml
1,2M	empathy
52M	man
55M	locale
72M	gtk-doc
94M	apps
258M	icons
316K	ImageMagick-6.5.0
366M	doc

By: tuxlifan
2010-03-25 19:20:24

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If interactivity is your thing, try ncdu (ncurses disk usage): http://dev.yorhel.nl/ncdu
bwoodacre · 640 weeks and 2 days ago

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