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How to find recently created file.

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Chitta
Frequent Advisor

How to find recently created file.

Hi,

Can any one help me to find recently created file in a mount point. that i have to pass in a script to as a input.
I tried with "find /u02/backup/script/ -type f -newer /u02/backup/script/"

But no expected out put. Earli response would be appericated>

Regs,
Chitta
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Mark McDonald_2
Trusted Contributor
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Re: How to find recently created file.

ll -rt /u02/backups/script/* | tail -1

will give you the newest file in the directory
Mark McDonald_2
Trusted Contributor

Re: How to find recently created file.

Sorry - should have said "ls" not "ll" for passing to a script.
Dennis Handly
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: How to find recently created file.

You are trying to find files that have been modified after the directory script/ was modified. Why are you trying to use that directory as the reference file?
James R. Ferguson
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: How to find recently created file.

Hi:

There is no such thing as a file _creation_ timestamp in UNIX. The _last_modification_ timestamp or 'mtime' is the closest you have. When a file is first created, the 'mtime' represents the creation time but any update of the file or directory contents thereafter alters the 'mtime' to be current time.

Hence, finding a file in a directory with the most recent 'mtime' may only reflect that that file was more recently updated than any other, not necessarily that it is newly present.

Regards!

...JRF...
Suraj K Sankari
Honored Contributor

Re: How to find recently created file.

Hi,
Frist create a file into /tmp

# touch -amt /tmp/abc

find files that are newer than /tmp/abc

# find /tmp -xdev -type f -newer /tmp/abc -exec ls -l {} \;

find files that are newer than /tmp/abc

Suraj

Dennis Handly
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: How to find recently created file.

>Suraj: First create a file into /tmp
>touch -amt /tmp/abc

To create a reference file, you must either do it in the past at the time you need, or you need to specify the time:
touch -t [[CC]YY]MMDDhhmm[.SS] /tmp/abc
Chitta
Frequent Advisor

Re: How to find recently created file.

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