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Old 08-07-2009
Copy the latest file from one directory to another

Hi All,

I am in the directory a/b/processed

the files in this directories are

-rw-r--r-- 1 owb users 330 Aug 8 chandantest.txt_08082008
-rw-r--r-- 1 owb users 220 Aug 7 chandantest.txt_07082008
-rw-r--r-- 1 owb users 330 Aug 6 chandantest.txt_06082008
-rw-r--r-- 1 owb users 220 Aug 5 chandantest.txt_05082008

I would like to copy the latest file i.e chandantest.txt_08082008 into a/b/data.

Will you please help me in this

Thanks in advance!!!!

# 2  
Old 08-07-2009

There are examples of this posted on the forum if you search.

As the timestamp of the files corresponds to the date in the filename:
cp $(ls -1t | head -1) new_dir

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Old 08-07-2009
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One possible way:
cp -p `ls -tr1 a/b/processed| tail -1` a/b/data

Take care of paths or relative paths. Your example is not exact enough to exclude all possible error sources.
If you want to make sure there is no directory etc. being tried to be copied by this you might want to add -F to the ls and grep for the type of file you want to copy. They will be marked by one of this */=>@|.
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Old 08-07-2009
you can try this command
ls -ltr a/b/processed | awk 'END{print $NF}'|xargs -i -t cp {}  a/b/data

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