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find the 10 latest (modified) files

Terminal - find the 10 latest (modified) files
ls -1t | head -n10
2009-06-23 12:15:12
User: wires
Functions: head ls
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find the 10 latest (modified) files

order the files by modification (thanks stanishjohnd) time, one file per output line and filter first 10

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-t means sort by modification time. FYI, the last accessed time and last modified time are the only times saved on a traditional UNIX file system.

Comment by stanishjohnd 308 weeks and 4 days ago

Further, some filesystems are mounted with the 'noatime' option set for improved performance and so access times are not recorded. If you really only want to scroll your terminal 10 lines then the command as above is the way to go, but I usually just type:

ls -ltr

so that the most recently modified/accessed files are at the bottom of the list.

Comment by bwoodacre 308 weeks and 4 days ago

@stanishjohnd: thanks, i've updated the command

@bwoodacre: thanks, but I tend to use this in scripts

Comment by wires 307 weeks and 5 days ago

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