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list largest files in a directory & its subdirectories

I need to find the largest files in a directory & it's subdirectories.
I'm not sure what options on ls -l will work to give me this. or is there another way to do this?
Thanks,
igidttam
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For example, to show the 10 largest files under /somedir and it's subdirectories:

Code:
find /somedir -type f -print | xargs ls -l | sort -k5,5rn | head

Cheers
ZB
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ZB

I'm getting an error. xargs| Child killed with signal 13.
How would I get around this?
Thakn You for your help!
igidttam
# 4  
I changed the code a little to this
find /cep -type f -print | ls -l | head
It worked, but not sure I have all the files in the subdirectories.
Can someone help me here?

Thanks
igidttam
# 5  
if you know what files are supposed to be there and /cep is the directory off of the root directory / you want to search
Code:
find /cep -type f -print

will show you all the files you are looking at

Code:
cd /home
find . -type f -print | ls -l -s | sort -n | tail

does in fact give me the biggest files. You would use
Code:
cd /cep

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Thanks Jim! This works, but only gives me the largest files in that directory [in my example the /cep directory]. I'm also looking for the largest files within each of the subdirectories of that directory. For example, I want the 10 largest files of some directory and the 10 largest files of each subdirectory under that directory. How do I do that?

Thanks,
igidttam
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I go t it to work. I needed the ls -lR.

Thanks Jim
 

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