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Old 06-17-2005, 02:27 AM   #1
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Delete files based on date

Got a directory full of files going back for months, I need to delete all files in there which are older then this month of June.

Can't find the syntax to delete files by date so any help would be appreciated.

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You could use the find command.

find <directory> -ctime +17 -daystart -exec rm "{}" \;

The plus sign before the 17 will select change times greater than 17*24 hours ago. The daystart options measures the time from midnight rather than the current time. The double quotes are needed when a file-name contains whitespace.

This command will also delete files from subdirectories. If that isn't what you want, use the -maxdepth 1 option.

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Old 06-17-2005, 02:51 AM   #3
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Cheers mate, I'll give that a go!
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I can tell you this much:

This line will print only those files in a directory specified by the date argument to sed:
 ls -lh | awk '{print $6 " " $9}' | sed -n '/Jun/p'
Where "Jun" is the month you want to search for.
You could then pipe this output to a file:
  ls -lh | awk '{print $6 " " $9}' | sed -n '/May/p' | awk '{print $2}' >> file_list
And we have just the names of the files you specify by month in a file.
You then should be able to do:
rm `cat file_list`
NOTE: those are back quotes around `cat file_list`
I'd test it first on "dummy data" to make sure I didn't screw up!


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