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Old 05-19-2004, 03:30 PM   #1
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newbie: how to see the size of file under bash?

hi, i "thought" by issuing: ls -s -h would allow me to see of size of the file in that directory.

but this morning, when i used the GUI interface, the file size i have in bash is diff then the one i got in GUI

for example, if i do: ls -s -h 400K myfile

under GUI, right click icon, Properties: 78MB

i must not fully understand what "man ls" meant when it gives option such as -h and -s

so how to see the size of the file using bash?

thank you
Old 05-19-2004, 03:35 PM   #2
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under GUI, right click icon, Properties: 78MB
LOL, this is the size of the directory itself........

dont' right click the Icon......go to directory it is in and right click the file
Old 05-19-2004, 07:15 PM   #3
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thank you, but if i wanna know the size of the directory in bash, what is the command?

say ls i have 2 folders in this directory: folder1 and folder2.

i'd like to see size of folder1 without cd into it, how can that be done in bash?

thank you for help....
Old 05-19-2004, 07:23 PM   #4
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Use du

du -h /home/user1


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