I use this as my go to line to find the epoch time of the latest file that populated the directory given the search criteria that I can change as I need. For some reason, it doesn't work with link files. It returns no results.
:-) LOL! Correct! ... You need to use the -L option with find to follow symbolic links. From the "find" man page:
-L Follow symbolic links. When find examines or prints information about files, the information used shall be taken
from the properties of the file to which the link points, not from the link itself (unless it is a broken symbolic
link or find is unable to examine the file to which the link points). Use of this option implies -noleaf. If you
later use the -P option, -noleaf will still be in effect. If -L is in effect and find discovers a symbolic link
to a subdirectory during its search, the subdirectory pointed to by the symbolic link will be searched.
When the -L option is in effect, the -type predicate will always match against the type of the file that a sym-
bolic link points to rather than the link itself (unless the symbolic link is broken). Using -L causes the -lname
and -ilname predicates always to return false.