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Old 07-22-2012
'h' flag in du

Hey, all!
Why is the "human readable" flag changing the behavior of du? And while I'm at it, can you make du only look at files, not directories. I often find myself wanting to find the largest file(s) in a dir or vol. Using 'find' itself, it seems you have to at least be able to guess the size of the files you're looking for, so you can specify what sized files 'find' should ignore. Or, is there an app for that? : )

Code:
-bash $ du -a /Volumes/GARMIN | sort -n -r | head -n 10
7483232	/Volumes/GARMIN
5791224	/Volumes/GARMIN/.System
3154048	/Volumes/GARMIN/.System/gmapprom.img
914128	/Volumes/GARMIN/.System/JCV
914112	/Volumes/GARMIN/.System/JCV/D3191020A.JCV
847256	/Volumes/GARMIN/Voice
779856	/Volumes/GARMIN/.System/SID
779848	/Volumes/GARMIN/.System/SID/D2656040A.sid
481400	/Volumes/GARMIN/.Trashes
481392	/Volumes/GARMIN/.Trashes/501

-bash $ du -a -h /Volumes/GARMIN | sort -n -r | head -n 10
1004K	/Volumes/GARMIN/Voice/Catala__.vpm
1000K	/Volumes/GARMIN/Voice/Russkiy__.vpm
1000K	/Volumes/GARMIN/Voice/Cesky__.vpm
992K	/Volumes/GARMIN/Voice/Slovenscina__.vpm
980K	/Volumes/GARMIN/Voice/Ellinika__.vpm
976K	/Volumes/GARMIN/Voice/Magyar__.vpm
976K	/Volumes/GARMIN/Voice/Arabic__.vpm
968K	/Volumes/GARMIN/Voice/Deutsch__.vpm
964K	/Volumes/GARMIN/Voice/Srpski__.vpm
924K	/Volumes/GARMIN/.Spotlight-V100/Store-V1/Stores/5938D254-6028-451A-9B7E-03556D7B82A0/0.indexPostings

---------- Post updated at 11:15 AM ---------- Previous update was at 10:55 AM ----------

Oh wait, I think I get it - 'sort' sees 1004k as larger than 3GB because it's a bigger number, right? *sigh*

Last edited by sudon't; 07-22-2012 at 01:23 PM..
# 2  
Old 07-22-2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by sudon't
Hey, all!
Why is the "human readable" flag changing the behavior of du?
It isn't.

Quote:
Oh wait, I think I get it - 'sort' sees 1004k as larger than 3GB because it's a bigger number, right? *sigh*
Yep.

But try sort -h -r, instead of sort -n -r


From the man:

Quote:
-h, --human-numeric-sort
compare human readable numbers (e.g., 2K 1G)
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Bye
# 3  
Old 07-22-2012
"But try sort -h -r, instead of sort -n -r"

That didn't work for me. (Mac OS X / BSD)

Code:
-bash $ du -a /Volumes/GARMIN | sort -h -r | head -n 10sort: 

invalid option -- h

I did look at sort's man page earlier, and didn't see the 'h' flag option. I guess I have a different sort of sort.
 

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