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On Ubuntu, is it possible to generate a list of all files in the /home folder that were modified by a specific user? I want to find a list of all of the files that I have created or modified since I installed Ubuntu 12.04.

I mainly want to do this so that I can find all the files that I have created or modified, and then move them to my other Ubuntu installation.

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use find

find /home -user $USER -mtime -90

The -mtime is the number of days, so -90 is the last 90 days. Adjust the number of says as needed.

See also

It may just be easier to copy all of home, cp -Ra home or use rsync

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Is it possible to exclude specific folders from this query (so that things like browser cache data can be excluded)? – Anderson Green Mar 9 '13 at 20:10
Yes, use -prune , see… – bodhi.zazen Mar 10 '13 at 2:03

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