get newest file in current directory

find . -maxdepth 1 -printf '%A@\t%p\n' | sort -r | cut -f 2,2 | head -1
Uses UNIX time for sorting.

2011-05-27 11:22:47

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The original command suggested by dullgiulio considers milliseconds while comparing access times of file, unlike other suggested 'ls -t' versions - that is cool. However, the original command only prints . (current directory) to be the latest modified file./directory (wouldn't that be the case always, I wonder!) Anyway, I suggest slight modification: find . -maxdepth 1 -printf '%A@\t%p\n' | sort -r | cut -f 2,2 | head -2 | tail -1 Any corrections/comments welcome.
b_t · 364 weeks and 3 days ago
Ignore the correction in my last comment - instead see my new post:
b_t · 364 weeks and 2 days ago
Thanks, I overlooked that! It prints . only if the newest file has just been created, vs. only modified.
dullgiulio · 364 weeks and 2 days ago

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