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Old 02-09-2011, 03:03 AM   #1
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/etc/cron.daily/tmpwatch script

Can anybody help me to understand the following tmpwatch script...

/usr/sbin/tmpwatch "$flags" -x /tmp/.X11-unix -x /tmp/.XIM-unix \
-x /tmp/.font-unix -x /tmp/.ICE-unix -x /tmp/.Test-unix 240 /tmp
/usr/sbin/tmpwatch "$flags" 720 /var/tmp
for d in /var/{cache/man,catman}/{cat?,X11R6/cat?,local/cat?}; do
if [ -d "$d" ]; then
/usr/sbin/tmpwatch "$flags" -f 720 "$d"
While googling for tmpwatch I found that by default this script will be executed daily and will remove tmp files older than 10 days ... But i can see two <hour> options 240 ( 10 days) & 720 (30 days) in this script... So where can I edit/change so that default ( 10 days ) can be changed to something else ??

Also what does "-x" option do ?
Old 02-09-2011, 11:51 PM   #2
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Why don't you change 240 for something else ?

-x is an entry to be excluded from the clean up operation.
man tmpwatch
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Old 02-10-2011, 03:55 AM   #3
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Thanks a lot ...
Old 04-14-2011, 02:17 AM   #4
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for d in /tmp/aaa /tmp/bkk /tmp/bbb /tmp/ccc; do
if [ -d "$d" ]; then
/usr/bin/tmpwatch -f 720 "$d"

would this remove the folders aaa bbb and ccc or their content?
Old 04-15-2011, 06:05 AM   #5
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It will remove directory contents, not the directory.


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