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LLE10144 : Howto find big files easily for a certain directory from the command line in a sorted way

Symptom:

You would like to find big files to clean up a directory

Cause:

none

Solution:

The command line utility du (disk usage) can be used to get the size of the files and sort can do the rest. Run the following command:

du /home | sort -nr | less

Please note note to use the -h option, this makes the sizes more readable for humans, the M and k will not be sorted correctly. The output of this command is fed into sort to organize the output numerically (-n) and reverses the order (-r). Finally, the output is fed into less, which lets you scroll up and down through the listing and shows you one page at the time.

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