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RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for tmpwatch (redhat section 8)

TMPWATCH(8)			  System Administrator's Manual 		      TMPWATCH(8)

       tmpwatch - removes files which haven't been accessed for a period of time

       tmpwatch [-u|-m|-c] [-faqstv] [--verbose] [--force] [--all] [--test]
		      [--fuser ] [--atime|--mtime|--ctime] [--quiet] <hours> <dirs>

       tmpwatch  recursively  removes  files  which  haven't  been accessed for a given number of
       hours. Normally, it's used to clean up directories which are used  for  temporary  holding
       space such as /tmp.

       When changing directories, tmpwatch is very sensitive to possible race conditions and will
       exit with an error if one is detected. It does not follow symbolic links in  the  directo-
       ries  it's  cleaning  (even  if a symbolic link is given as its argument), will not switch
	and only removes empty directories and regular files.

       By default, tmpwatch dates files by their atime (access time), not their mtime  (modifica-
       tion  time). If files aren't being removed when ls -l implies they should be, use ls -u to
       examine their atime to see if that explains the problem.

       If the --atime, --ctime or --mtime options are used in  combination,  the  decision  about
       deleting a file will be based on the maximum of this times.

       The  hours  parameter  defines  the threshold for removing files. If the file has not been
       accessed for hours hours, the file is removed.  Following this, one  or	more  directories
       may be given for tmpwatch to clean up.

       -u, --atime
	      Make  the  decision  about deleting a file based on the file's atime (access time).
	      This is the default.

       -m, --mtime
	      Make the decision about deleting a file based on	the  file's  mtime  (modification
	      time) instead of the atime.

       -c, --ctime
	      Make  the  decision  about  deleting a file based on the file's ctime (inode change
	      time) instead of the atime; for directories, make the decision based on the mtime.

       -a, --all
	      Remove all file types, not just regular files and directories.

       -d, --nodirs
	      Do not attempt to remove directories, even if they are empty.

       -f, --force
	      Remove files even if root doesn't have write access (akin to rm -f).

       -t, --test
	      Doesn't remove files, but goes through the motions of removing them.  This  implies

       -s, --fuser
	      Attempt to use the "fuser" command to see if a file is already open before removing
	      it.  Not enabled by default.   Does  help  in  some  circumstances,  but	not  all.
	      Dependent on fuser being installed in /sbin.

       -v, --verbose
	      Print a verbose display. Two levels of verboseness are available -- use this option
	      twice to get the most verbose output.

       cron(1), ls(1), rm(1), fuser(1)

       GNU-style long options are not supported on HP-UX.

       Erik Troan <ewt@redhat.com>
       Preston Brown <pbrown@redhat.com>
       Nalin Dahyabhai <nalin@redhat.com>

4th Berkeley Distribution		 Wed Nov 28 2001			      TMPWATCH(8)

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