Yes, you can do this with GNU
find. If your file names don't contain newlines, you can do:
find -printf '%T@ %p\n' | sort -gk1,1
-printf option of
find can print all sorts of information. In this case, we are using:
%Tk File's last modification time in the format specified by
k, which is the same as for %A.
@ seconds since Jan. 1, 1970, 00:00 GMT, with fractional part.
%p File's name.
%T@ %p\n will print the file's modification time in seconds since the epoch (
%T@), a space, and then the file's name (
These are then passed to
sort which is told to sort numerically (
-n) on the first field only (
Note that this will return all files and directories. To restrict it to regular files only (no directories, device files, links etc.) add
-type f to your
To get human readable dates, you can process the output with GNU
find -printf '%T@ %p\t\n' | sort -gk1,1 |
perl -lne 's/([^ ]*)//;chomp($i=`date -d \@$1`); print "$i $_"'
perl command replaces the first string of non-space characters (the date) with itself as processed by GNU
The above will fail for file names that contain newlines. To deal with newlines, use:
find -printf '%p\t%T@\0' | sort -zt$'\t' -nk2 | tr '\0' '\n'
That's the same thing except that
find will output a
\0 instead of
\n at the end of each file name. GNU
sort can deal with null-separated output so it is still able to sort correctly. The final
tr command translates the
\0 back to