Find UNIX Files Modified within a Number of Days

Posted September 4, 2003 by Quinn McHenry in UNIX

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To find all files modified within the last 5 days, use the following:

find / -mtime -5 -print

The – in front of the 5 modifies the meaning of the time as “less than five days.” The following command displays files modified more than five days ago:

find / -mtime +5 -print

Without the + or -, the command would find files with a modification time of five days ago, not less or more.


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Quinn was one of the original co-founders of Tech-Recipes. He is currently crafting iOS applications as a senior developer at Small Planet Digital in Brooklyn, New York.
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