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Old 05-17-2006, 01:49 AM   #1
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clarification on find + xargs rm command

hi all

just have a quick question with a cron i am using to clean up the data directory in my mysql dir

basically, we have logging setup on our database cos we've had some issues recently, and we wanted to make sure that we caught anything for the time being

basically we have a script that renames the log file and flushes the mysql logs
and then deletes log files that are older than a certain date (as data is constantly being written, the log files will always be updated)

#/usr/bin/find /var/lib/mysql/ -type f -mtime +3 | /bin/grep -P '(plain_)+([\d])+(\.log)' | xargs /bin/rm -f
#/usr/bin/find /var/lib/mysql/ -type f -mtime +7 | /bin/grep -P '(plain-bin)+(\.+)' | xargs /bin/rm -f
so we will have eg. plain_20060513.log

that are old files and should be deleted

just want to make sure that the command above will work and not delete
plain.000004 (eg. current bin log file, modified 1 minute ago)

and for clarification, when i run ls -lF instead of rm -f after xargs
if there are no results, it shows everything, but if there are no results for rm -f, it won't delete everything?

hope that makes sense

Old 05-17-2006, 05:08 AM   #2
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If I was you I would never rely on others saying the rm thing will work or not. Why not try it yourself, so that you can be sure it does what you want it to do? Copy the logs with the -a option to preserve the timestamps and owner attributes to another folder where you can play around and let your scripts run on them.
Old 05-17-2006, 06:56 AM   #3
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oh yeah, cool
i had it running, and it seemed to be fine
it's just that when i ran ls i got a fright (cos it listed all the files in the dir)

but i'll just copy some test files and test the script on them


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