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Re: feature request: sort by human-readable disk sizes

From: Mart Somermaa
Subject: Re: feature request: sort by human-readable disk sizes
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 13:21:43 +0300
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Jim Meyering wrote:
Pádraig Brady <address@hidden> wrote:

Justin Watt wrote:
It'd be great if "sort" had an option to sort by the "-h" output of
the "du" command.

For example the current output of du is alphabetized by filename with
no options to sort:

$ du -h --max-depth=1
4.0K    ./bin
52M     ./code
765M    ./Desktop
12K     ./mail
17M     ./music
124K    ./PDF
5.5G    ./photos
153M    ./public_html
652K    ./ufc
7.3G    .
That has been asked for many times.
Perhaps we should add it?

Over a year ago, Mart Somermaa worked on a patch for this,
and there was a pretty long debate:


Adding this functionality is overdue, so one way or another, I'd like
to do it soon.  If we can't find a better solution, I'll go ahead and
burn a single-letter option.

Mart, let me know if you can assign copyright to the FSF,
and I'll send you the paperwork.

Of course I can assign copyright to the FSF.

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