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Old 07-11-2002
Computer how to delete empty files in a shell script

I'm trying to figure out a way to delete empty files in a directory. I have a cron that runs and creates a flat file every 15 mins. However, most times at night the flat file will be empty.

I'd like to run a script to delete empty files that end with *.dat

Any suggestions?

Rich
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Old 07-11-2002
find ./ -name "*.dat" -size 0 -exec rm {} \;

Read your man page before invoking this so you understand the implications - find goes through sub-directories by default and if you don't put the {} \; correctly, it will cause problems (could start deleting things you did not want to delete).

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