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# 1  
Old 05-15-2002
Data Problem with find command

I am using the find command to remove all the files in a directory ending .NEW and created more than a day ago.

The command I am using is:

find . -name '*.NEW' -ctime +1 | xargs rm

The problem is that it does not work properly. I still have files which were craeted more than a day ago.

In other words, when I run this
find . -name '*.NEW' -ctime +1

I dont get an output.

Is there anything wrong with the syntax or something else?

# 2  
Old 05-15-2002

the right syntax is

find . -name "*.NEW" -ctime +1 | xargs rm

it is double quote at the beginning and the end of "*.NEW" not single quote.


find . -name "*.NEW" -ctime +1

make sure you issued the find command from the right directory
# 3  
Old 05-15-2002
I have used both single and double quotes but it doesnt work with either. Also I am in the correct directory.
# 4  
Old 05-15-2002
Since you're using the -ctime option, do an "ls -lc" in the directory to make sure that you know what the ctime is. You may want to try the find command with the -mtime option.
# 5  
Old 05-15-2002
Hi Perderabo,

ls -lc returns the files created more than day ago.
Also, I tried mtime but didnt work either.

Strangely when I use

find . -name '*.NEW' -ctime -1 it gives me the correct results.
# 6  
Old 05-15-2002
Got it.

The command should be

find . -name '*.NEW' -ctime +0

Thanx everyone
# 7  
Old 05-15-2002
You can do the delete as part of the find command:
find . -name "*.NEW" -ctime +0  -print -exec rm {} \;

Note that this prints out the name of each file it deletes.

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