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Old 04-24-2002, 01:33 PM   #1
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Question delete files by size

Is there any way to delete files by file size? I have an application that makes daily logs, and for some reason empty logs can have different sizes (normally 0-3 bytes each). So I'd like to delete everything under perhaps 5 bytes but retain the rest for examination.
Old 04-24-2002, 01:55 PM   #2
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You can either enter directly in the shell an if statement,
This is pseudo;

if [ filename ,Size > value ]
rm [filename]

or create a scrip for it and either execute it every so often or put it in cron to have it run automatically.

Here I'm assuming that you are knowledable with creating scripts.

Old 04-25-2002, 08:38 PM   #3
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Use a combination of "find" and "exec". For example, to find and delete (without confirmation!) all files in the current directory smaller than 300 Bytes:
[root@Boris testbed]# ls -l
total 20
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root          468 Apr 25 16:59 bigfile
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root          234 Apr 25 17:27 sizetest.1
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root          234 Apr 25 17:27 sizetest.2
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root          234 Apr 25 17:27 sizetest.3
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root          234 Apr 25 17:27 sizetest.4
[root@Boris testbed]# find -size -300c -exec rm '{}' ';'
[root@Boris testbed]# ls -l
total 4
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root          468 Apr 25 16:59 bigfile
[root@Boris testbed]#
The hyphen before 300 indicates "less than"; a plus would indicate "greater than". The "c" prefix indicates Bytes; b indicates blocks, k and m are self explanatory.

To confirm each delete:
find -size -300c -ok rm '{}' ';'
(note the lack of the -exec)

To specify a directory other than the current, do it as you normally would with find.

Last edited by DMR; 04-25-2002 at 08:45 PM.


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