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Old 02-15-2009, 08:54 AM   #1
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Quickly find the newest file in a directory

Hi All,

Just a quick one... I need a quick command which will just give me the filename of the most-recently-modified file in a directory.

All I need to do is backup the data in my database in to a file with the current data/time in the name, then reload it.

Here's what I've got so far:
mysqldump -t -c -u username -p database > data/backups/`date +%Y%m%d-%H%M%S`.sql
All I need now is this bit:
mysql -u username -p database < data/backups/`latest_file`.sql
Old 02-15-2009, 12:25 PM   #2
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'ls -tr | tail -n 1'

Old 02-15-2009, 12:32 PM   #3
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Dave, that's spot on - thank you very much!


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