du - Sort Human Readable

Quite a lot of the time we have to find the size of a number of directories to troubleshoot which one are taking up all the space. However how do you find the largest of directories if you have a fair few, sometimes seeing the woods through the trees can be very hard


du -hd1 | sort --human-numeric-sort

What’s Happening?

So what an earth is happening?

du will get you the estimated file space usage: * -d1 will set the max depth to 1 (or the current directories space usage) * -h will print the sizes in human readable format (e.g. 1K, 234M, 2G)

sort will sort lines of text from stdin: * --human-numeric-sort will compare and sort human readable numbers