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Old 08-04-2010, 05:51 AM   #1
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Question Find / -amin -60... Where am I doing wrong?

This is my first message here, so first of all I want to say hello to everyone.

And here is my first question:

Just for checking if I use find command correctly, I did followings in order:

1. Boot with Ubuntu netobok remix 10.04 live-usb.
2. Plug my MyPassport external hard drive.
3. Open a "desktop.ini" file in that disk by gedit, with the help of nautilus to find the file.
4. Did not change the document and Close gedit.
5. In terminal I run following command:


find /media/MyPassport -amin -60

6. It did not display desktop.ini file, but it displays a folder named something like ".Trash999" and some folders I have not surely accessed in the last 60 minutes.

I was expecting only desktop.ini to be listed.

Could you please guide me where am I doing wrong?
Old 08-04-2010, 04:30 PM   #2
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Has the external drive a Linux filesystem on it?

Probably the folders that pop up are not accessed by you but by an application.
Old 08-05-2010, 09:03 AM   #3
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If your drive is formatted with FAT32 I believe it has only an access date, not an access time. You could try `ls -ltu` to see what linux thinks the access ('use') stamps on your files are. Use `ls -ltud` to get the stamps from the directories themselves rather than their contents.
Old 08-07-2010, 05:03 AM   #4
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Thank you for your replies.

There was not any linux partition on the external drive. It was formatted with FAT32. I was not known that access time is not stored on FAT32 file system. Very useful information for me.

Jthill, thank you very much for guiding me about ls commands. I was afraid of using any ls command that it might change access times of listed files itself. Do you think it is possible? I had a similiar problem with Windows Explorer before.
Old 08-08-2010, 02:48 AM   #5
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I can't think why ls would change any stamps find doesn't, but you're in try-it-and-see territory here. And do note the date-only stamps don't explain why the find command found anything at all. Post what you find out? I'm curious (just not as curious as you are . Thanks.


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