Show the single most recently modified item in a directory

ls -ltp | sed '1 d' | head -n1
wrap it in a function if you like... lastfile () { ls -ltp | sed '1 d' | head -n1 }
Sample Output
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root           118 Dec 31  1969 default.prop

2011-10-17 16:21:15

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Oops. ls -ltp | grep -v '/$' | head -n1 total 562528
atoponce · 504 weeks and 6 days ago
This doesn't actually return any filesnames. This command only returns a block count in use by the files in the directory.
jambino · 504 weeks and 6 days ago

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