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Old 07-21-2008, 12:34 AM   #1
john83reuben
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moving the the oldest file


Quote:

#!/projects/ilinterf/bin/expect

set f "ls -lrta /projects/ilinterf/john/expect/backupdir/*.txt"
spawn /bin/ksh



expect "h>"
send "cd /projects/ilinterf/john/expect/backupdir;mv $f /projects/ilinterf/john/expect/backupdir/testtest\n"
expect "h>"
Hi guys, above is my code. I want to move only the oldest file (when i do ls -lrta, and i can find the oldest file from a list). I did the above code...how to do tat...

above code gives error of

Quote:

mv: cannot access ls
mv: cannot access -lrta
mv: cannot access /projects/ilinterf/john/expect/backupdir/*.txt
pls help

thanks
 
Old 07-21-2008, 07:39 AM   #2
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:45 AM   #3
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Check file permissions.
 
Old 07-21-2008, 08:25 AM   #4
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Code:
ls -t -1 | tail --lines 1 | xargs -i mv {} targetfolder/
ls -t -1, ls and sort by time, output 1 item per line
tail, pick the last line
xargs, take output of tail (=filename) and run mv on it.

I would make a test directory with test files and extensively test it before using
 
Old 07-21-2008, 07:24 PM   #5
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ls -rt|head -1
to get oldest file
 
  


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