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# 1  
Old 03-11-2009
Deleting the contents of a folder older than X hours

Every day a new .zip file is uploaded to a folder and at mid-night the zip file is to be extracted into a /data/ folder, inside a date-named folder.

Code:
# This should extract the contents of a zip file into the /data/ folder into a date based folder
/usr/bin/unzip -a -o /path/to/traveldata/traveldata.zip -d /path/to/traveldata/data/`date +"%Y-%m-%d"`;

Once this is complete, I need to delete old folders within my /data/ folder older than X hours. (It will be set to 48 hours, but for the purposes of my test I've specified 0 hours).

In my example I've been able to remove folders, but it removes the parent /data/ folder too!

I don't want this to happen, rather I just want to delete the sub-folders (or children of /data/).

Code:
# I want to delete any folders found inside the data folder older than 0 hours.
find /path/to/data/ -ctime 0 -type d -exec rm -Rf {} \;

If it is not possible to do this, how do I append the date to the extracted filename?

Thanks.
# 2  
Old 03-11-2009
The find is also finding the data folder. You may try something like:

Code:
 
find /path/to/data -type d ! -name data -ctime 0 -exec /bin/rm -Rf "{}" \;

# 3  
Old 03-11-2009
Thanks I will try it right now and report here.

Thanks again.
# 4  
Old 03-11-2009
Sorry but its still removing the data folder.

Code:
find /path/to/traveldata/data/ -type d ! -name data -ctime 0 -exec /bin/rm -Rf "{}" \;

I get the following output;

Quote:
# find: /path/to/traveldata/data/: No such file or directory
NB: The folder does exist before execution of shell script.

Last edited by worchyld; 03-11-2009 at 09:30 AM.. Reason: The post implied the folder did not exist
# 5  
Old 03-11-2009
Try adding the -depth option:

Code:
[rick data]$ pwd
/path/to/traveldata/data
[rick data]$ ll
total 12
drwxrwxr-x 2 rick rick 4096 2009-03-11 08:00 2009-03-09
drwxrwxr-x 2 rick rick 4096 2009-03-11 08:00 2009-03-10
drwxrwxr-x 2 rick rick 4096 2009-03-11 08:00 2009-03-11
[rick data]$ cd
[rick ~]$ find /path/to/traveldata/data -depth ! -name data -type d -ctime 0 -exec /bin/rm -Rf "{}" \;
[rick ~]$ cd -
/path/to/traveldata/data
[rick data]$ ls -la
total 8
drwxrwxr-x 2 rick rick 4096 2009-03-11 08:00 .
drwxrwxr-x 3 rick rick 4096 2009-03-11 07:53 ..
[rick data]$

# 6  
Old 03-11-2009
Hi there.

I tried adding the -depth parameter, I even copy/pasted your code. But its still removing the /data/ folder.

[code]
find /path/to/traveldata/data/ -depth ! -name data -type d -ctime 0 -exec /bin/rm -Rf "{}" \;
find: /path/to/traveldata: No such file or directory
[.code]
# 7  
Old 03-11-2009
What O/S & Shell are you working on?

Can you post a complete trace of what you're doing, similar to what I did in my previous reply?
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