In Ubuntu, is it possible to obtain a list of all files on the filesystem that I have edited? I need some way to find all the files that I have modified or written (because these files tend to be the most important to me, and I need a way to identify them so that I won't accidentally delete them.)


Using find command you can list the files created/edited by a user.

find / -mtime -10 -type f -user userid -print

This will search all the files created/edited in last 10 days.

use sudo if you are searching the files under / file system and if it's only your home directory($HOME) ignore sudo command.

  • Does this work for edit? I mean, the -user userid is only for files that are owned by you, if you have edited a file that is owned by the system or another user, you won't find it. – Nanne Nov 15 '12 at 8:09
  • This wont work if the we use sudo <command> to edit the file. This command can only list the files that are owned by a particular user – devav2 Nov 15 '12 at 9:10
  • also, world or group writeable files: you don't need sudo for that :) – Nanne Nov 15 '12 at 9:31
  • I agree but if sudo is not used then OP would get "permission denied" for searching / file system. Sudo is just to suppress the warnings. – devav2 Nov 15 '12 at 9:45
  • @devav2 the list includes thousands of Nautilus thumbnails it created under your name. Also programs you've downloaded by never changed such as EnhanceIO also show up on the list. – WinEunuuchs2Unix Nov 14 '16 at 0:16

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