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# 1  
Old 04-09-2009
System wide find and sort

Hi,
I need to look for a config file (ldap.conf) and pick the latest modified file.

`locate` tells me there are many ldap.conf's, some in /etc, /usr, /home, etc.

Is there some way I can sort them by last modified time via bash?
I was thinking maybe I could pipe the output of `locate` to `ls -lt` but that doesn't seem to work.


Any ideas?
# 2  
Old 04-09-2009
how about:
Code:
find / -type f -name 'ldap.conf' 2>/dev/null | xargs ls -lt

# 3  
Old 04-09-2009
that works fine, thanks, but it has to manually search the entire file system, right?

is it possible to use the mlocate database via locate or some other tool?
# 4  
Old 04-10-2009
I've not tested this, and it is rough, as I am not a shell expert, but would this help:


for i in `locate ldap.conf`
do
ll $i
done

then you have them by location and date stamp assuming noatime is not being used on the file system
# 5  
Old 04-11-2009
oh actually, i did `updatedb` and i just combined the locate command with xargs and that worked:
Code:
$ sudo updatedb && locate ldap.conf | xargs ls -lt

thanks for the reply though Smilie

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