Find files and list them sorted by modification time

find -printf "%C@ %p\n"|sort
This uses the ability of find (at least the one from GNU findutils that is shiped with most linux distros) to display change time as part of its output. No xargs needed.

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By: oivvio
2013-06-19 10:42:49

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A couple of things: 1) `%C` specifies access time, not modification time. For that, you want `%T`. 2) Using sort will break on file names which contain embedded newlines. I would suggest using `\0` rather than `\n` as a terminator, then piping to sort --files0-from=-. You'll need to strip out the timestamps somehow, but at least you get all of your file names sorted correctly and uncorrupted.
bartonski · 205 weeks and 2 days ago
A couple of things: 1) `%C` specifies access time, not modification time. For that, you want `%T`. 2) Using sort will break on file names which contain embedded newlines. I would suggest using `\0` rather than `\n` as a terminator, then piping to sort --files0-from=-. You'll need to strip out the timestamps somehow, but at least you get all of your file names sorted correctly and uncorrupted.
bartonski · 205 weeks and 2 days ago

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