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Restricting a Find search to the current directory only

Hi All,

I am trying to delete file (with a mtime older than 2 days) from the current directory ONLY using:

find . -daystart -maxdepth 1 -mtime 2 -exec rm {} \;

but this doesn't seem to work it is still find files in subdirectories which I don't want to delete.

Please can anyone offer any advise about the use of the -maxdepth or do I need to use mindepth.

The man dialogue on the Find command states the following - what exactly does the phrase to the command line arguments mean ?

Man Find states:

 -maxdepth levels
              Descend at most levels (a non-negative integer) levels of directories below the command line arguments.  -maxdepth 0
               means only apply the tests and actions to the command line arguments.

       -mindepth levels
              Do not apply any tests or actions at levels less than levels (a non-negative integer).  -mindepth 1 means process all files  except  the
              command line arguments.

Many thanks for your help

Last edited by Scrutinizer; 05-11-2012 at 09:15 AM.. Reason: code tags
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Please post what Operating System and version you have. There is much variation in the find command.

Have you tried:
-maxdepth 0

-type f

Also, while you are testing ... just echo the command:
find . -daystart -maxdepth 0 -type f -mtime 2 -exec echo rm {} \;


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