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Old 08-12-2003
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Hi everyone,

I know this sounds stupid but on my Sun solaris machine I have csh script that finds all files 7 days older and then moves it to another area. The find works but the move I get "Arguments too long". I know that in c shell can not handel more 1706 arguments.

find /iwp/itrexs/swift_in/processed/MTWPEXT* -mtime +7 -print
mv `find /iwp/itrexs/swift_in/processed/MTWPEXT* -mtime +7 -print` $dump
Can anyone give is tips on fixing this problem....I thought of ksh but I don't know how to do it Smilie

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Old 08-12-2003
If you check the man page for find you will find a very nice little switch called -exec

check it out! It sould fix your problems!

example :
find ./ -mtime +7 -exec mv {} oldfiles/ \;

Will move all files with mtime +7 to oldfiles/

(the {} will be replaced by the filename) The -exec command will be runned for every file it finds..

Test it in a test environment before applying it to production data just to be on the safe side Smilie Better safe then sorry Smilie

Last edited by s93366; 08-12-2003 at 08:12 AM..
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Old 08-12-2003
Smilie Hi s93366

I got it, Your idea was not for me.. I needed this for only controled areas not for the whole machine. I changed the script to ksh. varaibles "export set" insted of "set" and rest of the script was ok. below was my result.

export dump=/usr/backup/clean_up
mv `find /usr/users/serv_lon/FRASETT*.alt -mtime +7 -print` $dump

thanks for the help

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