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How can I sort the output of ls by last modified date?

I can't find the answer on Google without digging around, an there is no answer on Stack Overflow either.

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You guys need to chill - the answer isn't there on Google without digging around, and there isn't to my knowledge a duplicate on SO. Question asked, question answered, move on. –  nearly_lunchtime Apr 9 '09 at 13:26
Ehm... There actually is an answer on Google, it's right there in the ls man page. –  Tom Wijsman Aug 28 '11 at 14:55
I think Tom Wijsman's comment is a perfectly valid answer. –  Vorac Sep 12 '12 at 6:02
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ls -t

or (for reverse, most recent at bottom):

ls -tr

The ls man page describes this in more details, and lists other options.

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ls -halt is for human readable, show hidden, print details, sort by date. –  Evgeni Sergeev Oct 1 '13 at 5:24
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Try this: ls -ltr. It will give you the recent to the end of the list

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For a complete answer here is what I use: ls -lrth

Put this in your startup script /etc/bashrc and assign an alias like this: alias l='ls -lrth' Restart your terminal and you should be able to type l and see a long list of files.

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alias lt='ls -Alhtr'

in $homedir/.bashrc

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I use sometime this:

find . -type f -mmin -5 -print0 | xargs -0 /bin/ls -tr


find . -type f -mmin -5 -print0 | xargs -0 /bin/ls -ltr

to look recursively about which files was modified in last 5 minutes.

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Find all files on filesystem that were modified maximally 3 * 24 hours (3 days) ago till now:

find / -ctime 3
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