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Old 04-08-2010, 12:15 PM   #1
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how to remove all files from a directory which are 24 hr old


hi

I was preparing a script which will remove all my files from directory which are 24 hour old.

I tried some thing like this

find . \( -name 'log.*' -mtime +1 \) -exec rm {};
but it is throughing error like : missing argument to exec.

please help me in this regard.
 
Old 04-08-2010, 12:26 PM   #2
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You're trying to delete files OVER 24 hours old?

find /path -name "log.*" -mtime -1 -type f -exec ls -lh {} \;

Run that first to see the files incase the command is not what you're looking for.

then run:

find /path -name "log.*" -mtime -1 -type f -exec rm -f {} \;


Change the / to your path.

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Old 04-09-2010, 01:45 AM   #3
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Thanks,

but the command find /path -name "log.*" -mtime -1 -type f -exec ls -lh {} \;
is throwing some error saing that: missing arguments to -exec.

I tried one more thing like find /sisback -name "log.1*" -type f -mtime -1 |xargs rm
but it is showing that-- /sisback no such file or directory. though I have a directory in the same name in my present working directory.

Need your help please...
 
Old 04-09-2010, 03:46 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by siris View Post
Thanks,

but the command find /path -name "log.*" -mtime -1 -type f -exec ls -lh {} \;
is throwing some error saing that: missing arguments to -exec.

I tried one more thing like find /sisback -name "log.1*" -type f -mtime -1 |xargs rm
but it is showing that-- /sisback no such file or directory. though I have a directory in the same name in my present working directory.

Need your help please...
Try this
Code:
find /path -name "log.*" -mtime -1 -type f -exec ls -lh '{}' \;
Notice the single quotes around '{}'.
 
Old 04-09-2010, 04:45 AM   #5
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Usually the error you gave means you didn't end the -exec command with `\;'.

You can also use the -delete command.
find /dir -mtime +1 -delete

The command with -exec ls could have been:
find /dir -mtime +1 -ls
 
Old 04-09-2010, 04:54 AM   #6
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It might also be worth looking at tmpwatch.

DESCRIPTION
tmpwatch recursively removes files which haven't been
accessed for a given number of hours. Normally, it's used
to clean up directories which are used for temporary hold-
ing space such as /tmp.
 
Old 04-09-2010, 05:13 AM   #7
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I tried one more thing like find /sisback -name "log.1*" -type f -mtime -1 |xargs rm
but it is showing that-- /sisback no such file or directory. though I have a directory in the same name in my present working directory.
You're getting an error because you're looking for /sisback, i.e. the sisback directory off the root directory, not the current directory. If you really want the current directory you need './sisback'

Code:
find /path -name "log.*" -mtime -1 -type f -exec ls -lh {} \;
May need to be:

Code:
find /path -name "log.*" -mtime -1 -type f -exec ls -lh '{}' ';'
Depending on how your shell expansion is working.
 
Old 04-09-2010, 09:16 AM   #8
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What OS and what shell are you using? The examples I posted work for me on a CentOS OS using bash shell.
 
Old 04-10-2010, 02:23 AM   #9
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Thanks to all...

I am using Fedora-9 and bash shell...
 
  


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