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Is there any GUI software that can explore a tree and find all files with size greater than some amount? Neither Nautilus nor Nemo seem to be able to do this. In my memory, I could do this with PC-Tools in DOS 3.0.

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gnome-search-tool is what I use. Very simple. It has the "Size is at least" filter where you can specify minimum file size. See screen print for searching my ISOs folder with a minimum size of 10,000,000 KB in size.

gnome-search-tool minimum file size

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Thank you rik.shaw, I completly forgot this since I use unity, and as I thought gnome-search-tool was a feature/companion of Nautilus (what I now know is false) growing ...more and more spartan, so I switched to Nemo (which, btw, doesn't help more in that matter of searching), so I was stuck. I will give a try back to it although I remember issues in gnome-search-tool keeping searching for hours when it met unauthorized directories or files or looping through links. Anyway, even if there isn't a better tool, at least it was the kind of answer I expected. Thank you again. –  useful Dec 6 '13 at 15:50
  • In the shell tools we have find:

    find / -size +1M
    

    For files over 1 megabyte.

  • And in the GUI's we have the Disk Usage Analitizer (baobab):

    sudo apt-get install baobab
    baobad
    

There is a bunch more on this question of SuperUser, but for all ends and propose baobad is enough.

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Thank you Braiam, but baobab can't be useful as it won't have file search/sort option. More, since Unity the menu is broken (no more edit/preferences to exclude files/folder) and I get an error analysing my own "/home/me or some of its subfolders", maybe authorizations of .ssh, and no message to direct me to a log... so. find may work better, but it is not a gui, and everytime (which is not often) it could be useful, in the urgency, I forgot the syntax, so... find is not for my humanity. –  useful Dec 6 '13 at 16:05
    
@useful there are a bunch more on the SU link, I won't bother to bring them since... mm... it will give the impression that you want a list and you want not (nor is encouraged in SE), either way, give the link a shot, if you feel that some of them solves your problem. BTW, as you can notice I prefer CLI solutions over GUI's since... mmm... I'm like that ;). –  Braiam Dec 6 '13 at 16:11

You can find file of specified size using this command:

sudo find / -type f -size 100M

This will find files with 100 Mega

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The sad in linux CLI programs is the lack of uniformity. I used AS/400 (I know it is anything but open) and I loved its CLI. I could even guess name of commands I ignore, just because even the names were uniform e.g wrkactjob verb/[adj]/noun for work with active jobs, wrkoutq for work with output queues, then just F4 for basic parms, then F13 for full parms, dedicated help on each parm with F1. I know we can't get smthing in linux, but I solved my issue by firing up a dusty Windows and plugged the usb drive in it and found what I searched in less time it took to boot or I learn and forget find –  useful Dec 6 '13 at 16:21

When I need make more free space on servers I use this command. It find all files bigger then 50 MB and "du -h" make berret list of files and "sort -n" after pipe make list numericcaly sorted by file size.

find / -type f -size +50M -exec du -h {} \; | sort -n
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Oh what a nice a handy GUI. It is just too easy for a newb like me, but waiting for the same in assembly language... waiting for the machine code which is the top in elegance, I'll stick to gnome-search-tool. -1 –  useful Oct 12 at 8:29
    
I know you search GUI tool, but if you will learn more with Bash then you know this in all distros and environments. For easier understanding I explain this for you. If you need I can explain this in more details, it is really easy and very useful. –  zorbon.cz Oct 12 at 12:55
    
Thank you zorbon.cz. Sorry for my ironic way, but I have so much other issue with command line tool that should work just as intended but doesn't, so then I easy get irascible when some answer comes that obviously doesn't take care of the care I asked with. Well the point is that I'm not that newb, intermediate computers user instead, so I often run in frustration with Linux... yes I know it's the price of freedom and there is still Windows if I want to switch back... but I put the finger in the shredder. Anyway I recognize your gentle pre-comment on your command line: I didn't see it at first –  useful Oct 12 at 18:15
    
My main frustration is how could I dare advise anyone to use this OS when I can't even help myself so often. –  useful Oct 12 at 18:20
    
Sorry, maybe one of my reason to answer that is fact that I now use Windows 8.1 :-) since Windows 8 RTM (more than 2 years) and I can not switch back to linux (and I'd like do it), because there are not alternatives to some tools) and now I donť know "nothing" about GUI. But I see CLI every day as sysadmin (I manages higher tens of servers running on CentOS or some on Debian). I understand your last mention and it is true fact. –  zorbon.cz Oct 12 at 18:43

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