LKBEN11082: Howto find big files easily for a certain directory from the command line in a sorted way

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Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG


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




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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Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.


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