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Old 11-26-2001, 10:19 AM   #1
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Removing files

How would it be possible to remove a list of files contained in a seperate file.

i.e. I use the find command to create a list of files and send the list to a text file. I then want to remove the files in that list.

I tried the standard 'rm -rf < file' but that doesn't do anything. is there a different command that I dont know about?

Old 11-26-2001, 11:02 AM   #2
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Why not just use the 'find' command to find the files and then use the -exec flag to remove them once found instead of writing the list to a file?

find . -type f -mtime +3 -exec rm -rf {} \;

That would remove all files of type "file" (as opposed to directory) with a modification date of more than 3 days.
Old 11-26-2001, 11:20 AM   #3
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Thanks! That -exec is what I was looking for. I still need the list of files because I am making a tar archive of them also but I can do the -exec once the tar is finished.


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