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get newest file in current directory

Terminal - get newest file in current directory
find . -maxdepth 1 -printf '%A@\t%p\n' | sort -r | cut -f 2,2 | head -1
2011-05-27 11:22:47
User: dullgiulio
Functions: cut find head sort
get newest file in current directory

Uses UNIX time for sorting.


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
find <directory> -type f -printf "%T@\t%p\n"|sort -n|cut -f2|xargs ls -lrt
ls -lart
2011-05-28 15:01:39
User: shardservant
Functions: ls

-l for long list, -r for recursive, -a for display of hidden files, and -t for modification date

ls -t1 | head -n1

Know a better way?

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What others think

The original command suggested by dullgiulio considers milliseconds while comparing access times of file, unlike other suggested 'ls -t' versions - that is cool.

However, the original command only prints . (current directory) to be the latest modified file./directory (wouldn't that be the case always, I wonder!)

Anyway, I suggest slight modification:

find . -maxdepth 1 -printf '%A@\t%p\n' | sort -r | cut -f 2,2 | head -2 | tail -1

Any corrections/comments welcome.

Comment by b_t 199 weeks ago

Ignore the correction in my last comment - instead see my

new post:


Comment by b_t 199 weeks ago

Thanks, I overlooked that! It prints . only if the newest file has just been created, vs. only modified.

Comment by dullgiulio 199 weeks ago

Your point of view

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