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Old 02-18-2005, 01:11 PM   #1
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Howto list last changed files


how is it possible to list all files on a PC which was modified in the last 5 minutes?
I want to check which files are written with various tools.
(I use Debian Sarge)

Old 02-18-2005, 01:17 PM   #2
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ls -lt

it will list files in order of most recently modified. Pipe it to head:

ls -lt|head

to get only the ten most recent files. Do this if you are in the directory otherwise do this:

ls -lt /foo/bar|head
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Thanks, but what can I do if I don't know the directory?
I want to check all files in the filesystem and not only in one directory.
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The find command has a ctime option that you can use.
To locate all files modified the last 5 minutes:
find / -cmin -5

If you have other filesystems mounted, then you might want to use the -mount option so that places like /mnt/cdrom aren't searched. On some systems this opton is called -xdev instead.

find / -mount -cmin -5

Also, you might want to do this as root, because several directories can't be searched by a regular user, and this will result in a large number of error messages if you don't redirect stderr to /dev/null. ( 2>/dev/null )


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