Find files created today

Written by Benjamin Cane on 2011-07-14 02:54:48

I figured I would start a new category for command line quickies. Here is one that I have found very useful.

# find ./ -type f -daystart -ctime -1

This is a very nice way of finding files created today. Now this command differs from the command below.

# find ./ -type f -ctime -1

The -daystart flag will tell find to use the beginning of the day when searching for files created today. Without daystart the ctime -1 flag will tell find to find files created in the last 24 hours.


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