How to delete files which are 7 days old


 
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Hi all,
how to write a script that will indentify the files in a directory which are 7 days old and delete those files.
Thanks in advance
Cheers
Arunava
# 2  
one liner

find /path/to/dir -ctime +7 -exec rm -f {} \;
# 3  
Can u explain this command. please!
kikkin
# 4  
I use a slight variation on
find /path/to/dir -ctime +7 -exec rm -f {} \;


find /path/to/dir -mtime +7 -type f -exec rm -f {} \;

I recommend the "-type f" because this restricts to regular files.

One of my coworkers had coded -rf on the rm statement with out the -type f & ended up deleting directories.

We use this code to purge files from an application archive directory (logs, data, etc.)


ps - Do a "man find" to find out what the command does.
# 5  
Computer

Hi Maven,
Thanks for the solution.but recently i am having a problem with deleting the files.if i go to the backup directory and just give the ls command to how many files are there and then run this command its not working .on the other hand if i don't go to the directory and run this command its working perfectly.
Urgently require help
cheers
Thanks in advance
Arunava
# 6  
BEFORE I issue an "rm" command inside a find -exec, I always test it extensively to be sure it's working properly.

There are a few variations:

find /path/to/dir -mtime +7 -type f -exec ls -l {} \;
This will give a long listing of the files which satisfy the find criteria. i.e. the ones to be deleted.

You can also try:

find /path/to/dir -mtime +7 -type f -print

If you use "." in place of /path/to/dir - ALL directories below your starting point will be searched.

Typical:
cd /dir/to/purge
find . -mtime +7 -type f -exec ls -l {} \;

Good luck
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What if you wanted to remove only files from today
 

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