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Old 10-11-2006, 09:40 AM   #1
dc144
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find -exec help


Hi All,

I am trying to use the find command to find files not modified for more than 5 minutes and move the file(s) to another dir. But the error is missing argument to '-exec'


find . -mmin +5 -type f -exec mv {} mydir \;
find: missing argument to `-exec'


What did I miss out? Please help.
Thanks
 
Old 10-11-2006, 10:55 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by dc144
Hi All,

I am trying to use the find command to find files not modified for more than 5 minutes and move the file(s) to another dir. But the error is missing argument to '-exec'


find . -mmin +5 -type f -exec mv {} mydir \;
find: missing argument to `-exec'


What did I miss out? Please help.
Thanks
I tried the same command on my box and it.. worked
At least it did not produce an error message.

Perhaps try something like:
Code:
find . -mmin +5 -type f -exec 'mv {} mydir' \;
and check ifthat helps...
 
Old 10-11-2006, 10:55 AM   #3
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I don't see exactly what the word 'mydir' stands for :
An environment variable, a real directory, or what ?
 
Old 10-12-2006, 03:14 AM   #4
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Thanks michux,
Now there's a new progress but still not working
with the single quote '', the message is

find: mv myfile mydir: no such file or directory


berbae, mydir is just a directory I created.
 
  


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