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Old 10-07-2006
Finding the oldest file in a particular directory

Hi all,

I am a newbie to scripting and I need your help regarding finding the oldest file in a particular directory. My intention is to remove that oldest file.

Are there any options available with the "find" command to do this..


Thanks in advance for your help

Pavan
# 2  
Old 10-07-2006
Code:
ls -1 -t | tail -1

# 3  
Old 10-07-2006
Thanks a lot shereenmotor.
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Old 03-23-2009
We can use the below command also for find the latest file in particular directory

ls -gt | tail -1
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Old 04-08-2009
Hi,

Try the below command

ls -ltr | head -1
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