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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
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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 276 weeks and 6 days 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 276 weeks and 6 days 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 276 weeks and 5 days 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 214 weeks and 4 days ago

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