Shell Script That Display The Last Modification Time Of Any File

# Write a shell script that displays the last modification time of any file.
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# Copyright (c) 2008 nixCraft project <>
# This script is licensed under GNU GPL version 2.0 or above
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# This script is part of nixCraft shell script collection (NSSC)
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echo -n "Enter a filename to see last modification time : "
read fileName
# make sure file exits
if [ ! -f $fileName ]
	echo "$fileName not a file"
	exit 1
# use stat command to display 
echo "$fileName was last modified on $(stat -c %x $fileName)"
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1 comment… add one
  • James Anderegg Feb 8, 2010 @ 1:56

    % x will NOT give time modified it will give time of last ACCESS its %y that gives time of last modification this i think though might vary across bash versions i am just going off the Manual pge in my possession

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