27 September 2007 6 comments Linux

There are lots of fancy programs for Linux to find out where your gigabytes are sitting and filling your hard drive, the simplest of them is `du`

(from **d**isk **u**sage). The trick is to use the `--max-depth=1`

option so that you get a view of which folder weighs how much. Try this:

```
peterbe@trillian:~/tmp $ du -h --max-depth=1
900K ./Example-Receipts
4.0K ./Foredettinghelgen
44K ./IssueTrackerBlogInterface
1.9M ./IssueTrackerProduct
12K ./fried-mugshots
2.1M ./ies4linux-2.0.5
4.8M ./pyexcelerator
52K ./levenstein
4.0K ./newitpdesign
4.7M ./photoresizing
69M ./databases
4.5M ./i18nextract-sa
532M .
```

Pretty nifty! That way you can quickly see which folder contains the most junk so that you can free up some hard drive space.

To sort it I don't know how to reformat it into human readable values but there's the command:

```
peterbe@trillian:~/tmp $ du --max-depth=1 | sort -n
4 ./Foredettinghelgen
4 ./newitpdesign
12 ./fried-mugshots
44 ./IssueTrackerBlogInterface
52 ./levenstein
900 ./Example-Receipts
1856 ./IssueTrackerProduct
2140 ./ies4linux-2.0.5
4528 ./i18nextract-sa
4796 ./photoresizing
4872 ./pyexcelerator
70392 ./databases
544608 .
```

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Anonymousdu -h --max-depth=1.

Comment for a very old post... Came across ur site while i was googling for something.

- SS

AnonymousAnonymousdu -BM --max-depth=1 | sort -n

(or to see it sorted largest first):

du -BM --max-depth=1 | sort -nr

Caveat: This displays everything in Megabytes, so the smallest unit you will see is 1M. If you need to see it in Kilobytes just change the "M" to a "K".

To get the total amount of each subdirectory of the actual one (does not summarizes):

du -hs * | sort n

To get the total amount of the actual whole tree:

du -hs

I have been not able to summarize the whole tree showing the size of each first subdirectory. Something like 'du -hs * ..' or 'du -hs .' does not work for that.

du -h | sort -h