How to know total number of bytes of a directory
greenwood.andy at gmail.com
Mon Dec 17 06:31:31 PST 2007
> Andy Greenwood wrote:
>> DSA - JCR wrote:
>>> Hi all
>>> I would like to know the total number of bytes of a directory and its
>>> related subdirs, occupied by the files inside it. I haven't found any
>>> command for knowning it.
>> # du -s /etc
>> 17008 /etc
>> You need read privs to all the subdirectories, otherwise you'll get
>> permission errors and it'll skip those. Note that this displays usage in
>> 512-byte blocks, not bytes, but you should be able to figure it out from
> -h provides human readable output.
> du -sh /etc
> 3.8M /etc
Ahh, I had forgotten about -h. I ususally use du -s * | sort -rn | head
to find the biggest files/directories in a given directory, and if you
use -h, you'll get stuff out of order, since 3.8M will come after 4.2K
in a reversed numerical sort.
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