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Old 08-24-2012, 11:06 PM   #1
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Question Directory exclusion using the 'find' command question


Hello!

I am currently have this in my crontab file to delete files that are older than 90 days:

find /opt/files/users/stopper/ -type f -mtime +90 -delete

I'd like to omit the logs directory, and all child directories of the logs directory which exists at this path: /opt/files/users/stopper/logs

I've looked through the manual for the find command but I'm not sure if there is anything I can use in order to omit the path and all its child folders from the deletion which is occurring. Any assistance or suggestions are appreciated, thank-you.
 
Old 08-24-2012, 11:10 PM   #2
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Old 08-24-2012, 11:10 PM   #3
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Code:
find /opt/files/users/stopper/ -wholename /opt/files/users/stopper/logs -prune -o -type f -mtime +90 -delete

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Old 08-24-2012, 11:49 PM   #4
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Code:
find /opt/files/users/stopper/ -wholename /opt/files/users/stopper/logs -prune -o -type f -mtime +90 -delete
Thank you for the quick response. What does -wholename do in this case, googling around wasn't helping. Also, what does the -o do? On the example page the KinnowGrower showed, it only was used when there was two paths to be excluded.

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Old 08-25-2012, 12:44 AM   #5
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wholename pattern
File name matches shell pattern pattern. The metacharacters do
not treat `/' or `.' specially; so, for example,
find . -wholename './sr*sc'
will print an entry for a directory called './src/misc' (if one
exists). To ignore a whole directory tree, use -prune rather
than checking every file in the tree. For example, to skip the
directory `src/emacs' and all files and directories under it,
and print the names of the other files found, do something like
this:
find . -wholename './src/emacs' -prune -o -print


Thank-you!
 
Old 08-25-2012, 09:09 AM   #6
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I just used wholename for pathes, since name only matches the base name. -o is the or operator. It might not be necessary in this case.
 
Old 08-25-2012, 09:13 AM   #7
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Again, thanks!
 
  


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