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Find files changed between dates defined by ctime of two files specified by name

Terminal - Find files changed between dates defined by ctime of two files specified by name
find . -cnewer <file a> -and ! -cnewer <file b>
2012-08-15 21:57:42
User: rdc
Functions: find
1
Find files changed between dates defined by ctime of two files specified by name

This command finds all the files whose status has changed between the ctime of the older and newer .

Very useful if you can see from an ls listing a block of consecutive files you want to move or delete, but can't figure out exactly the time range by date.

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Terminal - Alternatives
find . -type f -newermt "2010-01-01" ! -newermt "2010-06-01"
2011-06-26 09:52:26
User: flatcap
Functions: find
Tags: find dates
31

Find files in a specific date range - in this case, the first half of last year.

-newermt = modification time of the file is more recent than this date

GNU find allows any date specfication that GNU date would accept, e.g.

find . -type f -newermt "3 years ago" ! -newermt "2 years ago"

or

find . -type f -newermt "last monday"
find /path/to/somewhere -newermt "Jan 1"
2014-02-02 18:02:07
User: renich
Functions: find
Tags: find
3

This command uses -newerXY to show you the files that are modified since a specific date. I recommend looking for "-newerXY" on the manpage to get the specifics.

touch -t 201001010000 begin; touch -t 201012312359.59 end; find . -newer begin -a ! -newer end
2011-06-22 20:09:05
Functions: find touch
Tags: find dates touch
1

Example above will recursively find files in current directory created/modified in 2010.

touch -t 197001010000 ./tmp && find . -newer ./tmp && rm -f ./tmp
2014-11-18 00:29:26
User: sergeylukin
Functions: find rm touch
-2

Sometimes you just want to operate on files that were created after specific date. This command consists of 3 commands:

- Create a dummy file with the custom date

- Find all files with "creation time" further than our custom date by using `-newer` find option. Add your crazy stuff here, like moving, deleting, printing, etc.

- Remove the dummy file

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