Delete all but latest file in a directory

ls -pt1 | sed '/.*\//d' | sed 1d | xargs rm
Useful for deleting old unused log files.

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By: patko
2009-07-29 13:59:58

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sed 1d quotes not needed
flux · 464 weeks ago
Thanks flux, I corrected it.
patko · 463 weeks and 4 days ago
This will fail if the most recently modified object in the directory is a directory rather than a file.
bartonski · 348 weeks and 4 days ago
Great catch, bartonski. Thanks! I fixed it. ls -pt1 | sed '/.*\//d; 1d'
patko · 348 weeks and 3 days ago

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