This entry is part 13 of 19 in the Bash-whacking series

Here's how to find the latest modified files in a directory. Particularly useful when you've made some changes and can't remember what!

find . -type f -printf '%T@ %p\n' | sort -n | tail -1 | cut -f2- -d" "
 

Replace tail -1 with tail -20 to list the 20 most recent files for example.

Courtesy of StackOverflow: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4561895/how-to-recursively-find-the-latest-modified-file-in-a-directory