syzer - find large files in directories
May 20, 2016 7:32 AM   Subscribe

syzer - find large files in directories
Have you ever wanted to quickly find the largest files within a complex directory, but have trouble remembering the syntax for the find command? This might come in handy.

syzer is a little command line utility I wrote in python with the basic purpose of identifying the largest files within an arbitrary directory structure. By default, it takes a directory and outputs out the name and size of the 10 largest files in that directory.

It has some flexibility, including optional regex filename filtering, max and/or min file size filtering, file type (directory vs. regular) filtering, and a few display options. It certainly doesn't do anything new that can't be done in other ways, but I've found it to be a useful shortcut for myself, so I thought I would share it.

It's written in python, using only the standard library. Just plunk it in your /usr/local/bin folder with appropriate permissions if you're using a Mac, or do the equivalent on your OS.
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posted by Salvor Hardin (2 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Downloaded! Thanks for making it.
posted by michaelh at 2:52 PM on May 24, 2016

My pleasure. I'm thrilled that someone other than myself might actually use something I wrote!
posted by Salvor Hardin at 7:33 PM on May 24, 2016

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