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

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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

Try this: ls -ltr. It will give you the recent to the end of the list

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Add:

alias lt='ls -Alhtr'

in $homedir/.bashrc

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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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I use sometime this:

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

or

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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Tis gonna take ages to complete tho. –  tohecz Oct 19 at 16:12
    
@tohecz Be my guest. –  pbies Oct 20 at 17:23

Using only very basic unix commands:

ls -nl | sort -k 8,8n -k 6,6M

This worked on Linux; column 8 is "n" (numeric), column 6 is "M", month.

I'm new at sort, so this answer could probably be improved. Not to mention, it needs additional options to ls and sort to use exact timestamps, but not everyone will need this.

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