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Show the single most recently modified file in a directory

Terminal - Show the single most recently modified file in a directory
ls -lFart |tail -n1
2011-10-17 19:49:14
User: jambino
Functions: ls tail
-2
Show the single most recently modified file in a directory

List all files in a directory in reverse order by modified timestamp. When piped through tail the user will see the most recent file name.

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Terminal - Alternatives
ls -ltp | sed '1 d' | head -n1
2011-10-17 16:21:15
Functions: head ls sed
-2

wrap it in a function if you like...

lastfile () { ls -ltp | sed '1 d' | head -n1 }
lastfile () { find ${1:-.} -maxdepth 1 -type f -printf "%T+ %p\n" | sort -n | tail -n1 | sed 's/[^[:space:]]\+ //'; }
2011-10-17 16:08:02
User: bartonski
Functions: find sed sort tail
-4

Takes a directory name as an argument (defaults to current directory if no arguments are given). Prints the newest file in the directory.

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no, in your version they will see the most recently modified inode. your command doesn't filter out directory names. the point of the command is to show the most recently modified file, and if a subdirectory happens to have been modified more recently, the most recently modified file will not be shown. The most recently modified subdirectory will be shown instead.

Comment by linuxrawkstar 144 weeks and 1 day ago

I edited the command to add file descriptors and a long output format. Now you should be able to tell if its a subdirectory, simlink, or regular file, executable, etc.

Comment by jambino 144 weeks ago

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