dired orders its files in alphanumeric order and when s is selected it sorts by date according to :
(dired-sort-toggle-or-edit &optional ARG)
But recently I wanted to list files according to their size, which of course is a very common thing to do especially when you are undertaking a nice spring clean up.
The solution is to modify the
dired-listing-switches to add in an S argument which can be found by passing in the universal argument to s, hence :
This presents the user with something like:
-al at which point you can just tack
S on the end to show
as the ls man page states the following:
-S sort by file size, largest first
and this is what we get:
a nice ordered listing, it is not something I do often and generally the standard dired sort toggle is all I need, but it is nice to know that this is available.