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Old 11-06-2013, 05:45 AM   #1
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List all regular files in the disk sorted by modification time.


Hi: Let be the set of all regular files on my linux partition. I'd like
to list its elements in chronological order, with respect to modification
time. Any simple way to do it?
 
Old 11-06-2013, 05:52 AM   #2
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Code:
find /path -xdev -type f -printf "%Ts %p\n" | sort -n | awk '{print $2}'
will sort from old to new, if you want recently modified files first, add the "-r" argument to the sort command, or pipe the result to `tac`.
 
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:48 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply. But tell me, how could I have the same list, but with a second column displaying the modification date?
 
Old 11-06-2013, 07:26 AM   #4
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Technically, you could just remove the "| awk '{print $2}'", then it would print the "unix-time" (seconds since midnight at 1st Jan 1970). But I'm guessing you want something human readable. This should work
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find ~/tmp -type f -printf "%TY-%Tm-%Td %TH:%TM:%TS %p\n" | sort
by printing "YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS.... /path/to/file" so a lexicographical ordering happens to also be chronological.
You can change the time format to your liking (see `man 3 strftime`), but be careful with non-numerical time variables (eg. "03:16 AM" < "03:16 PM", but "Friday" < "Monday").
 
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Old 11-06-2013, 08:43 AM   #5
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Terrific! Thanks a lot.
 
  


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