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remove files and directories with acces time older than a given date

Terminal - remove files and directories with acces time older than a given date
touch -t "YYYYMMDDhhmm.ss" dummy ; find . -anewer dummy
2009-11-21 04:05:45
Functions: find touch
2
remove files and directories with acces time older than a given date

touch a dummy file with the specified date, then use find with -anewer .

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Terminal - Alternatives
touch -t "YYYYMMDDhhmm.ss" ~/.ts ; find . -newer ~/.ts
2010-10-26 19:45:32
User: poffey21
Functions: find touch
4

This is great for looking for files that have been updated recently. Logs especially or monitoring what files were added during an install.

find <dir> -printf '%p : %A@\n' | awk '{FS=" : " ; if($2 < <time in epoc> ) print $1 ;}' | xargs rm --verbose -fr ;
2009-11-20 16:31:58
User: angleto
Functions: awk find rm xargs
-2

remove files with access time older than a given date.

If you want to remove files with a given modification time replace %A@ with %T@. Use %C@ for the modification time.

The time is expressed in epoc but is easy to use any other ordered format.

find -amin +[n] -delete
2009-11-20 17:15:28
User: TeacherTiger
Functions: find
-2

Deletes files older than "n" minutes ago. Note the plus sign before the n is important and means "greater than n". This is more precise than atime, since atime is specified in units of days. NOTE that you can use amin/atime, mmin/mtime, and cmin/ctime for access, modification, and change times, respectively. Also, using -delete is faster than piping to xargs, since no piping is needed.

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the command you wrote does not allow to choose an arbitrary date.

Comment by angleto 278 weeks and 6 days ago

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