List 10 largest directories in current directory

du -hs */ | sort -hr | head
Directories listed in human-readable format

By: eronisko
2010-11-28 15:08:01

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Unfortunately my "sort" doesn't support the -h parameter, so I'd need to remove the "-h" from both "du" and "sort", like this: du -s */|sort -r|head If you really want sizes that look like "1K" instead of "1024", and you can live with *two* passes of the "du" command, then this alternative works for me: du -sh $(du -s */|sort -r|head|cut -f2-) For what it's worth, I prefer to use just "*" instead of "*/", because 1) symlinks might be in the pwd and I typically don't care about the sizes of those, and 2) if there's a large file in the pwd I usually want to know about it. Also, I prefer to have the largest directories near the bottom of the output. Thus the command that I usually use is a minor variant of this: du -sh $(du -s *|sort|tail|cut -f2-) The actual command I use has some features for error-checking and passing in overrides of "*", but it's the same basic idea. Someday I'd like to eliminate the second pass of "du", but so far it hasn't been enough of a problem to bother fixing it.
willdye · 573 weeks and 3 days ago

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