deleting files after the creation of a tar archive


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Hi, I would modify to delete the files after creating the tar archive.
How I can modify the following command:

tar -cvvf logswitch.tar `find *.log* -mtime +5`

It create a tar with files that are older than 5 days.

Last edited by Minguccio75; 02-12-2007 at 11:24 AM.. Reason: solution
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Try this:
Code:
tar -cvf logswitch.tar `find *.log* -mtime +5` && find *.log* -mtime +5 -exec rm {} \;

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Is there the possibility to erase the files using an option of the tar command?
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I found the solution:

tar -cvvf logswitch.tar `find *.log* -mtime $Days` --remove-files
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Good, but It'll work with GNU tar only
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for those without gnu tar

save file list in variable or file.
FILES=$(find ...)
or
find ... > /tmp/$(USER).flist.$$
then you can remove the files after the tar, without running find twice, (which might be a heavy process or) its state may change between the first and second iteration, causing you to actually lose data.

For example: if you run the command close to midnight. the first +5 will find files just older than 5 days and the second running after midnite will add files a day older. and even if you use it in the middle of the day, the timestamp of files can cause a miss the same way.
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