December 19, 2010

How to find files larger than X

You can use the following command to find files that are larger than 50M.

mike@shiner $ find . -type f -size +50000k

The -type argument tells find that we want to look at files and the -size argument specifies files larger than 50,000k. We can use the following command to get a nicely formatted output with the name of the file and the size.

mike@shiner $ find . -type f -size +50000k -exec ls -lh {} \; | awk '{ print $9 ": " $5 }' 

Alternatively, we can do the following to get the same output.

mike@shiner $ find . -type f -size +50000k | xargs ls -lh | awk '{ print $9 ": " $5 }' 

xargs is a handy command that takes each line of input and passes it to the proceeding command, which in this case is ls -lh.


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