I have this command to find files larger than 2 KB and sort by size:

find . -size +2k -name *.log -printf "%p \t%k kb\n" | ls -lS

but the ls -lS gives the files that are less than 2 KB also.

How can I display the names and sizes of the files that are larger than 2 KB, sorted by size?

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 find . -size +2k  -printf "%p \t%k kb\n" | sort -k2n
  • 1
    what does k2n do? Aug 22, 2018 at 6:47
  • 1
    Assuming none of the file names contain blanks or newline characters. Aug 22, 2018 at 8:13
  • Note that strictly speaking, that sorts by disk usage, not by size, though that's likely what the OP wants anyway. Aug 22, 2018 at 8:14
  • -k2n sets the sort key to the second field, to be interpreted numerically.
    – RudiC
    Aug 22, 2018 at 8:41

The ls command will list the current directory, not read something from stdin.


find . -size +2k -name *.log -printf "%s %p \t%k kb\n" | sort -n | sed -e '/^[0-9]* //'

With zsh:

zmodload zsh/stat
printf '%s\n' **/*.log(DLK+2oLe'[
  stat -A blk +block -- $REPLY && REPLY+=" $((blk / 2)) KiB"]')

That reports the disk usage of the log files whose size is greater that 2048, ordered by size.

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