Show the single most recently modified file in a directory

lastfile () { find ${1:-.} -maxdepth 1 -type f -printf "%T+ %p\n" | sort -n | tail -n1 | sed 's/[^[:space:]]\+ //'; }
Takes a directory name as an argument (defaults to current directory if no arguments are given). Prints the newest file in the directory.
Sample Output
$ ls -lart /tmp | tail -3
-rw-rw-rw-  1 bchittenden bchittenden    25919 Oct 17 10:37 image.txt
drwx------  2 bchittenden bchittenden     4096 Oct 17 11:30 orbit-bchittenden
drwxrwxrwt 22 root        root           12288 Oct 17 11:30 .

$ lastfile /tmp

By: bartonski
2011-10-17 16:08:02

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