Delete all but latest file in a directory

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

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

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sed 1d quotes not needed
flux · 667 weeks and 4 days ago
Thanks flux, I corrected it.
patko · 667 weeks and 1 day ago
This will fail if the most recently modified object in the directory is a directory rather than a file.
bartonski · 552 weeks and 1 day ago
Great catch, bartonski. Thanks! I fixed it. ls -pt1 | sed '/.*\//d; 1d'
patko · 552 weeks ago

What do you think?

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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