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When I need to find my recently used files, this command:

ls -lt

lists in ascending order (by time), when there are lots files, I need to scroll to the top to see needed files, because wont fit in terminal screen.

After finding out that tac inverses the output, I use: ls -lt dir/ | tac Is there more fun way of doing it, without using external scripts/utils?

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The -r does the same thing for ls as tac does for any command which needs reverse file ordering.

So you could just write

ls -ltr

From man page:

  • -l List in long format. If the output is to a terminal, a total sum for all the file sizes is output on a line before the long listing.
  • -r Reverse the order of the sort to get reverse lexicographical order or the oldest entries first (or largest files last, if combined with sort by size.
  • -t Sort by time modified (most recently modified first) before sorting the operands by lexicographical order.
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Thanks! Used ls for ages and never new there's -r :p – linux-newbie Nov 7 '12 at 18:46
This is remembered with the handy mnemonic "later". As in, "I want to see the files that were changed later: ls -ltr" – bahamat Nov 7 '12 at 20:16
Its also sad because in most other popular commands it stands for 'recursive'... – dolzenko Sep 10 '14 at 20:59
I feel a bit silly for not noticing that after looking at the man page for ls considering that the modifiers are listed in alphabetical order. In related news, there is still a recursive option for ls, but it is -R instead of -r. – Jonathan Thiele Apr 23 '15 at 17:12

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