How to find total MB of a directory plus all subdirectories

Valent Turkovic valent.turkovic at
Mon Jul 16 17:35:20 UTC 2007

On 3/6/07, Nigel Henry <cave.dnb at> wrote:
> This is a silly question perhaps. I have my soundfiles in a directory named
> Sounds Library, this contains many subdirectories, which contain the .wav
> files.
> What command can I use to find out the disk space this directory is taking up,
> including all the files that are in the subdirectories?
> Nigel.
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I hope you appreciate this great one-liner I found for enhaced 'du' -
it even knows how to sort kB, MB and GB sizes right!

ls -A | grep -v -e '^\.\.$' |xargs -i du -ks {} |sort -rn |head -11 |
awk '{print $2}' | xargs -i du -hs {}

Hope you like it.

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