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 disk usage). 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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You can use -h option for human readable values. (i assume the convertion of bytes to Megabytes, kilobytes etc is what you by human readable values, )
du -h --max-depth=1.
Comment for a very old post... Came across ur site while i was googling for something.
also sort can take -h values with:
Thanks .. Very helpful Post :)
Workaround to sort AND have human-readable values:
du -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".
human readable just add du -hx --max-depth=1 | sort -n
You can get that in human readable form using two commands:
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:
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.
To display disk usage with human readable values and sort them using the human readable value order, use this command :
du -h | sort -h
It still helpful in 2017! Thank you!
Still works great in 2017
the truth remains :) :)
This is it!
Thank you :)
sudo du from my home path to see who my space hogs are and measure quotas. Works well. 2018
you can do this to have with human readable value
du -hs --max-depth=1 | sort -hr
Still works :)
damn this post is older than me
Still useful today... probably a very very useful post...
2022 mate, still useful :)
January 2022 and you just saved hours of my time Peter! Looking at command help, I kept on adding the -X option before --max-depth=n and it kept failing! One minute on your article and BAM! I Have the required output on my trial folder. Now this command is running on a humongous folder in the background with the help of nohup and &! You are a true rockstar!
it does not work
2022 March.Still working.Great!!!
This post ages like fine wine. Just what I needed.
I used this page as a regular reference. No need to update.