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I want to find files in subdirectories sorted by timestamp (of creation), with most recent first.

I have looked at the man page but it seems to only seems to let you filter by timestamp rather than sort by timestamp.

What options can I pass to find to accomplish this? Alternately, how can I combine it with another tool, like sort to sort by timestamp?

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You can't make find do anything in a particular sorted order, beyond choosing between a depth-first search and a breadth-first search. – Jonathan Leffler Jun 18 '13 at 2:34
up vote 6 down vote accepted

You can use xargs to pass the found files to ls and then use the -t option with ls to get reverse chronological order, e.g.:

$ find /path/to/dir -type f -print0 | xargs -0 ls -lt
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find /path/to/dir -type f -print0 | xargs -0 ls -lrt would be better as it will not break with files with spaces in the name. – jaypal singh Jun 18 '13 at 1:36
@JS: thanks - answer updated. – Paul R Jun 18 '13 at 5:19

while Paul's solution is generally OK, it involves more IO than simply:

find bin/ -type f -printf '%Ts\t%p\n' | sort -nr | cut -f2
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