How to find large files in Linux

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Environment

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

Situation

How to identify, find, locate, determine large or big files in linux.

Resolution

Identifying files over 1GB anywhere on the filesystem. From a terminal window, enter:
nice find / -size +1G -exec ls -lhs {} \; 2>/dev/null

Identifying files over 500MB starting from a specific path. From a terminal window, enter:
nice find / -size +500M -exec ls -lhs {} \; 2>/dev/null

Identifying files over 500kb starting from a specific path. From a terminal window, enter:
nice find / -size +500k -exec ls -lhs {} \; 2>/dev/null

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  • Document ID:7010711
  • Creation Date: 30-Aug-2012
  • Modified Date:04-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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