list all files modified in the last 24 hours descending from current directory

find . -type f -mtime -1 \! -type d -exec ls -l {} \;

2010-08-24 20:01:21

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What Others Think

find also has an ls option which has generic ls -l output: find . -type f -mtime -1 \! -type d -ls
bwoodacre · 408 weeks ago
didn't know the -ls option, thx
potatoface · 408 weeks ago

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