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Finding Large Directories on Ubuntu

A very quick and dirty way to find large directories, e.g. when out of disk space on an ubuntu server is this:

du -h --max-depth=1 /folder1/folder2

And then just drilling down, e.g. if folder3 shows up as being the largest folder in the output of the above command then do

du -h --max-depth=1 /folder1/folder2/folder3

You can also sort it if you remove -h and then pipe to sort -n e.g.

du -h --max-depth=1 /folder1/folder2 | sort -n

But haven't yet got that to work nicely with humanised file sizes (e.g. showing in M/G instead of bytes).