FInd the 10 biggest files taking up disk space

find / -type f 2>/dev/null | xargs du 2>/dev/null | sort -n | tail -n 10 | cut -f 2 | xargs -n 1 du -h
Often you need to find the files that are taking up the most disk space in order to free up space asap. This script can be run on the enitre filesystem as root or on a home directory to find the largest files.
Sample Output
18M     /usr/lib/
20M     /usr/lib/xulrunner-1.9/
26M     /usr/share/icons/crystalsvg/icon-theme.cache
31M     /usr/lib/
32M     /var/lib/rpm/Packages
42M     /root/.mozilla/firefox/k7bvx7p5.default/urlclassifier3.sqlite
54M     /usr/lib/jvm/java-1.6.0-openjdk-
54M     /usr/lib/locale/locale-archive
4.4G    /root/Desktop/CentOS_5.5_Final.iso
4.4G    /tmp/image.iso.I4RMLV

By: mxc
2010-11-09 13:45:11

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