find the 10 latest (modified) files

ls -1t | head -n10
order the files by modification (thanks stanishjohnd) time, one file per output line and filter first 10

By: wires
2009-06-23 12:15:12

What Others Think

-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.
stanishjohnd · 679 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.
bwoodacre · 679 weeks and 4 days ago
@stanishjohnd: thanks, i've updated the command @bwoodacre: thanks, but I tend to use this in scripts
wires · 678 weeks and 5 days ago
I used to think I would meet somebody there credit
yeoyeo · 45 weeks and 6 days ago

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Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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