i have a folder where there are subfolder with dates example : Parent/2020-11-09_15.47.36 Parent/2020-11-10_16.52.02 and so on. now I want to find out which is the latest date folder inside Parent folder using tcl command.

output should be : 2020-11-10_16.52.02

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    Do you want to inspect the date this folder was created, or may the result be based on the folder's name only. Nov 11, 2020 at 10:15
  • i want the latest date folder created inside Parent folder.
    – Panda
    Nov 11, 2020 at 10:53
  • find /Parent/20* -type d -prune -exec ls -d {} \; | tail -1 i have used this in shell to get the latest folder, but want the same in tcl
    – Panda
    Nov 11, 2020 at 10:55

2 Answers 2


You picked a sensible datetime format that sorts the same lexically as chronologically.

In Tcl you would do

cd Parent
set subdirs [glob -type d *]
set last [lindex [lsort $subdirs] end]

If you have other subdirectories in there that would interfere with the sorting, and you want to filter them out, you can do:

set subdirs [lmap dir [glob -type d *] {
  if {![regexp {^\d{4}-\d{2}-\d{2}_\d{2}.\d{2}.\d{2}$} $dir]} then continue
  set dir
lindex [ lsort -decreasing [ glob -type d Parent/* ] ] 0

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