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Old 04-13-2011, 01:46 AM   #1
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Question How to find a file which is being written recently in directory of 1000 files?


How to find a file which is being written recently in directory of 1000 files?
 
Old 04-13-2011, 01:57 AM   #2
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Code:
find -mmin '-5'
Finds files modified in the last five minutes.

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Old 04-13-2011, 02:00 AM   #3
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cd to the directory and execute this: find ./ -name "name of the file" -mtime -7.

1) better write the name of the file in the codes.
2) -mtime -7 will find files modified seven or fewer days ago. you can change the parameter.

cheers.
 
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:02 AM   #4
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if you know a part of the name or the extension (.txt, .zip, ...)
try something like

Code:
find -mmin 5 | grep *.txt
because when you do only the find command, you get maybe more than 100 files , execute it with a pipeline and the grep command, you will be more specific , so you get a better view of your files
(because you said how to find A file, you can either try my suggestion or one of the above )

GL

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Old 04-13-2011, 02:23 AM   #5
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You can also cd to the directory and type:

ls -lt | more
 
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Old 04-13-2011, 04:03 PM   #6
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ls -lt | more
Other useful variants:

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ls -lt | less
ls -lt | head
 
Old 04-15-2011, 01:33 PM   #7
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Go inside the directory and try find ./ -name "filename", or find ./ -name "filename*"( if you do not the file extension ) . If you know how many days ago was the file was last edited, you can try find ./ -mtime 1 (or 2,3,4,5,etc the number represents how many days prior to the currect date). You can also try grep -r filename ./

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Old 04-15-2011, 02:07 PM   #8
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Another technique that might be useful

Code:
$ touch /tmp/now
Now do whatever it is that you think is writing to a file. Then run

Code:
$ find /path/to/directory -newer /tmp/now
That will list any files modified since /tmp/now was created.
 
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Old 04-17-2011, 06:05 AM   #9
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Thanks arizonagroovejet!
 
Old 05-13-2012, 07:47 PM   #10
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Recently is a problem

I see you guys pretty much answered but let me add my 5 cents. You need to have idea how recently you want it to be. If you have an idea that it is 0-10 days ago you can generate a report like this:

Code:
# for i in {0..10};do echo "$i days ago:" ;find . -mtime $i ;done;
0 days ago:
.
./a
1 days ago:
2 days ago:
3 days ago:
4 days ago:
5 days ago:
6 days ago:
7 days ago:
8 days ago:
9 days ago:
10 days ago:
 
  


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