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How to find Files that are Modified today in Unix / Linux

To find all files that was modified since a specific time ago (i.e an hour ago, a day ago, 24 hours ago, a weeks ago, a month ago and so on) in Unix and Linux environment, the find command will come in handy. The command syntax is:

To find all files modified in the last 24 hours (last full day) in current directory and its sub-directories:

find . -mtime -1 -print

Flag -mtime -1 option tells find command to look for files modified in the last day (24 hours). Flag -print option will cause find command to print the files’ location. -print can be replaced with -ls if you want a directory-listing-type response.

To find all files modified in the last 24 hours (last full day) in a particular specific directory and its sub-directories:

find /directory_path -mtime -1 -print

The command is basically the same with the earlier command, just that now you no need to cd (change directory) to the directory you want to search.

To find all files with regular file types only, and modified in the last 24 hours (last full day) in current directory and its sub-directories:

find /directory_path -type f -mtime -1 -print

Find files Modified 4 days ago on linux

To find all files that are modified today only (since start of day only, i.e. 12 am), in current directory and its sub-directories:

touch -t `date +%m%d0000` /tmp/$$
find /tmefndr/oravl01 -type f -newer /tmp/$$
rm /tmp/$$

The first command can be modified to specify other date and time, so that the commands will return all files that have changed since that particular date and time.

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By Swatantra Kumar

Swatantra is an Open Source evangelist, a technologist and researcher. Professionally, he does software development, software architecture, server administration and project management. When he's not writing software, he enjoys building web entities and servers, reading about and working with new technologies, and trying to get his friends to make the move to open source software. He's written, co-written and published many articles in international journals, on various domains/topics including Open Source, Networks, Computer Organization, Mobile Technologies, and Business Intelligence. He made a proposal for an information management system at University level during graduation days.

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