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I am having a directory as

/var/tmp/kick

Where it has text files as

CCD_FILE_120920150300033.txt
CCD_FILE_121020150300035.txt

How to get the latest file based on timestamp and copy the old file into another directory and remove it from present directory which means it would extract CCD_FILE_121020150300035 from /var/tmp/kick and make a copy of CCD_FILE_121020150300033 in /var/tmp/Vgh and remove this text file from /var/tmp/kick

I am using ksh shell.

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targetfile="$(ls /var/tmp/kick/CCD_FILE_*.txt | sort -r | tail -n1)"
if [[ -f "${targetfile}" ]]; then
    mv ${targerfile} /var/tmp/Vgh/
fi
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  • What will happen if there is one text file present in /var/tmp/kick and that is the latest time stamp and no previous files are their @DopeGhoti – Pooja Dec 10 '15 at 18:45
  • If there is at least one matching file, the oldest based on the timestamp in the filename will be moved. If there is exactly one match, then /var/tmp/kick will be left devoid of matching files. – DopeGhoti Dec 10 '15 at 18:50

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