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Old 02-06-2008, 07:07 AM   #1
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find out the files created on a particular date.

Hi Everyone,

Is there a way to find out the files created on my linux box on 11th ,January 2008.

How can i use the find command. Is there any other way there.

Please help me.
Thanks in advance.
Old 02-06-2008, 07:39 AM   #2
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You could do the command:

ls -laR / | grep "2008-01-11"
which will scan all your root directory recursively. It took me about 4 minutes to scan 10 GB. You must be a superuser to see all the files. There's probably a more efficient way... Look for the command "locate" maybe.

Note: The date in the "ls" output is not necessarily the creation date. It could be also a date for a modification of the file.

Last edited by hempyelmo; 02-06-2008 at 07:43 AM. Reason: precision
Old 02-06-2008, 10:00 AM   #3
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The file creation time is not stored anywhere. The only times you can get in re a file are access time (atime), modification time (mtime), and inode change time (ctime).

There are basically only two ways to get the creation time of a file:
a) if the file has not been accessed or modified, and the inode has not changed since it was created.
b) if you created a seperate text file and recorded the filename and creation time.

I've read that the BSDs have a btime (birth time) which records the creation time of a file, but I can't seem to verify it.
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