How can I search for files that were modified or changed 5 minutes before and 5 minutes after, a certain file. I have tried

mint@mint ~/Desktop $ touch -t 201210101315 /tmp/timestamp
mint@mint ~/Desktop $ sudo find . ~ -cmin -5 | xargs ls -l

to create a temp file with that time stamp and search for files changed within 5 minutes but I'm only getting files changed 5 minutes within current time. What is the simplest way?


Use the -a (and) condition, e.g

find . -cmin -5 -cnewer /tmp/timestamp

Will find all files changed in 5 minutes and newer than /tmp/timestamp

  • @jw013 You're right, thx – daisy Oct 10 '12 at 14:19
  • @warl0ck The -a (and) condition is not necessary. expr1 -a expr2 is same as expr1 expr2 – Jhonathan Oct 10 '12 at 14:25
  • @Jhonathan wait, why does it exists? – daisy Oct 10 '12 at 14:31
  • @warl0ck Manual for command "man" does not indicate it, only said to be equal. I think the option -a is to understand easily that the found files meet two conditions. – Jhonathan Oct 10 '12 at 14:42

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