Show the single most recently modified file in a directory

ls -lFart |tail -n1
List all files in a directory in reverse order by modified timestamp. When piped through tail the user will see the most recent file name.

By: jambino
2011-10-17 19:49:14

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no, in your version they will see the most recently modified inode. your command doesn't filter out directory names. the point of the command is to show the most recently modified file, and if a subdirectory happens to have been modified more recently, the most recently modified file will not be shown. The most recently modified subdirectory will be shown instead.
linuxrawkstar · 522 weeks and 6 days ago
I edited the command to add file descriptors and a long output format. Now you should be able to tell if its a subdirectory, simlink, or regular file, executable, etc.
jambino · 522 weeks and 6 days ago

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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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