Grabbing the newest file, cleaner method?


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Grabbing the newest file, cleaner method?

Greetings,

I'm doing a process whereby I need to search for all filenames containing a given bit of text and grab the newest file from what may be 20 results. In a script I'm writing,
i've got a monster line to do the sort as follows:

Code:
find /opt/work/reports/input -name "*$searchtarget*" | xargs ls -l --time-style="+%Y%m%d%H%M%S" | awk '{print $6 " " $7}' | sort -nr | head -n1 | awk '{print $2}'

This seems to be terribly inefficient and induce a lot of process forking. Is there an easier, simpler way to do this?
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Can those files be located in subdirectories under /opt/work/reports/input? Or are they stored directly in that directory?
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Yes, they can. There are one of two subfolders (besides the main folder) that a search result could possibly reside in.
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Try if this works for you:
Code:
find /opt/work/reports/input -name "*$searchtarget*" -exec ls -l --time-style=+%s {} \; | sort -rnk6 | head -1

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This should be pretty efficient:
Code:
find /opt/work/reports/input -name "*$searchtarget*" -exec ls -n --time-style=+%s {} + | awk '$6>m {m=$6;o=$7} END{print o}'

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