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Old 10-06-2004, 07:31 PM   #1
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Removing files wihtout removing containing Direcotry


I am hoping that there is a simple answer to my question.

I am using Fedora Core 2 as my primary OS at home. It has been running prefect for at least two weeks now, but I have noticed that my "/tmp" directory has gotten rather large. I know I can simply do the following commands to clear it all out:
cd /tmp
rm *

And the directory will be cleared without question (I have unaliased RM in my version).

So, on to my question:

I wish to write a cron entry to do this for me once a week, I know the format of the cron table, but the command to delete the CONTENTS of the "/tmp" while RETAINING the "/tmp" directory elude me.

Any help would be great, and thanks.

P.S - Any RedHat fans that do not own the Genuine "RedHat" Fedora should seriously consider getting one!
 
Old 10-06-2004, 10:22 PM   #2
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Code:
rm -fr /tmp/*
Should do the trick. You need the -fr switch in order to delete any sub-directories of /tmp, and do it without trying to prompt for each file.

I suggest that you try this manually before you actually set up the cron job. Then you could write a script that does this, and place it /etc/cron.weekly.

I hope this helps
--Ian
 
Old 10-07-2004, 09:16 AM   #3
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Oh man! My LUG would be ashamed of me! I can't believe the difference a "/" makes!

Thanks alot!
 
  


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