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Move files older than 30 days in current folder to

Terminal - Move files older than 30 days in current folder to
find . -mtime +30 -exec mv {} old/ \;
2014-02-09 23:05:41
User: minnmass
Functions: find mv
Move files older than 30 days in current folder to

Use find's built-in "exec" option to avoid having to do any weirdness with quoting.


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
for i in $(find . -mtime +30); do mv $i old/; done
2014-02-05 01:24:45
User: valferon
Functions: find mv
Tags: bash file

Will move in that case every file in the current folder older than 30 days to the "old" folder

Replace "mv $i old/" by any command such as rm / echo to do something different.

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What others think

Useful, but there's a few problems with the command as it is.

The 'old' directory can't be a subdirectory of the current directory, or find will get upset.

The command doesn't do the right thing with directories, so you need to add "-type f" to find.

Also, if you have any duplicate filenames they'll get trampled, so you might want to change mv to

mv --backup=numbered
Comment by flatcap 218 weeks and 3 days ago

i eschew : find ... -exec stuff , preferring file ... | xargs stuff

why? have you ever counted the questions from people wondering why the -exec didn't work? "i didn't see my '..' files". duh? why not first run the find and inspect the files you'll see. so for this sort of thing:

$ find . -mtime +30 -type f | cpio -pdluvm $(needir ../old)| xargs rm -f


$ needir () { [[ -d $1 ]] || mkdir -p $1; echo $1; }

Comment by applemcg 216 weeks and 5 days ago

Your point of view

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