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Old 11-21-2011, 07:08 AM   #1
swathikumar
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Thumbs up How to find the directory and remove the directory


Hi All,

As per my requirement, I have to find the directory names contains "numbers" and i have to remove it was created 3 days before.

For example i have the root directory and it contains the sub directory names like 55 40 57 60 65
here i have to find which directory was created 3 days before and i have to delete the directory and the files.

Now i am using the below command but it does not work

swathi$ find . -regex './[0-9][0-9]' -type d -mtime +0 -exec rm -rf {} \;

Please give the proper command.

Thanks
SwathiKumar
 
Old 11-21-2011, 09:29 AM   #2
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That command should work with one exception. You have mtime stating you want it to delete files that were created 24 hours ago and older. So if you just created the files they wouldn't be deleted.

And based on your description you said you wanted it to delete folders which where created 3 days before which I assume means 3 days and older. In that case you should be telling find -mtime +3.

If you want to test it you can modify the mtimes using touch and tell it to use an older date.

Code:
touch -d '2007-01-31 8:46:26' some_file_or_folder
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Old 11-21-2011, 10:46 AM   #3
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HI
As per i know the below command, will remove some other directories also which is created 3 days before. But it should not delete other directories.
find -mtime +3

It should find the directory which contains number and should remove.

Please provide me the proper unix command.

Thanks
SwathiKUmar
 
Old 11-21-2011, 01:38 PM   #4
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You already have the proper Unix command. It is your original command and then modify the value I specified. What don't you understand? Perhaps you should read the find man page to better understand what I did. Not sure how I could more clearly represent it for you. I wasn't giving you a find command I was telling you to modify your command.

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In that case you should be telling find -mtime +3.
In this case I am using find as part of the sentence, not a command.

SAM

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