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Wondering if there's an easy and/or portable way to say "change to the most recently modified child directory." I can use ls and awk but there's probably a better way.

cd $( ls -ltrd */ | tail -1 | awk '{ print $8 }' )

I have to run a command in an "output files" directory with hundreds of subdirectories and 99% of the time I want to go to the most recently changed directory. I don't know what the names of the directories will be in advance.

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Why not cd $(ls -v1td */ | head -1)? –  Pablo Castellazzi Jul 13 '11 at 22:48
Good point...I'm not as familiar with ls options as I should be... –  twblamer Jul 13 '11 at 23:30

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Assuming your directories don't contain any unprintable characters:

cd "$(\ls -1dt */ | head -n 1)"

If you don't mind switching to zsh:

cd *(/om[1])
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Looks good, thanks –  twblamer Jul 13 '11 at 23:31

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