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Delete all files older than X in given path

Terminal - Delete all files older than X in given path
find . -mtime +10 -delete
2010-04-12 15:05:17
User: rexington
Functions: find
Delete all files older than X in given path

This will find all files under the path "." which are older than 10 days, and delete them. If you wish to use the "rm" command instead, replace "-delete" with "-exec rm [options] {} \;"


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You could also use the -delete option to replace the -exec {} \; . I would guess that it is faster since then find only has to make a function call instead of spawning a process for each file to delete.

Comment by bwoodacre 328 weeks and 1 day ago

Very good point. I suppose one would only use 'rm' if you needed to add options. I think I will change the command here. Thanks!

Comment by rexington 328 weeks and 1 day ago

Be *REALLY* careful with this. Run the find command with -ls and without the -delete first to ensure you're not catching anything you don't want to.

Comment by d34dh0r53 328 weeks ago

Would it be possible to remove all the files in the directory that have a Date Modified outside of a particular month?

Comment by joeyliechty 265 weeks and 6 days ago

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