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Old 10-01-2007
Help with find command, Please!

I have over 20 gig that I need to report on how much storage is being used per month. I have tried to use find with -cnewer and two files with beginning and end dates for the month, but I get the error "The parameter list is too long." Does anyone have a better way of doing this? It doesn't appear to matter which dates I use, I get the same error, even for 1 day.

touch temp -t 200709010001
touch ntemp -t 200709300001

find /home/data/*/* -cnewer temp -and ! -cnewer ntemp > septapars.txt

I need to go to the subdirectories below data, and there are quite a few and then the files are underneath that subdirectory.
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Old 10-01-2007
Originally Posted by mpflug
find /home/data/*/* -cnewer temp -and ! -cnewer ntemp > septapars.txt
Why not just "find /home/data -cnewer temp -and ! -cnewer ntemp ....."

find only takes one starting directory. The /home/data/*/* will expand to multiple arguments.

If you have having problems with a command, stick "echo" in front of it and it will show you what you are actually trying to run and what arguments will be passed to the program.
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Old 10-01-2007
Thanks Porter. I have 1833 subdirectories under data that have files I need to calculate the total size of storage used for September, August, etc. Is there a better way to do this?
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Old 10-01-2007
If you start find at /home/data it will enumerate through all subdirectories. If that is what you have to do, that is what you have to do.
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Old 10-01-2007
That's where I'm getting the error "Parameter list too long."
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Old 10-01-2007
Can you post the exact command and arguments you are using?
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