Quickly clean log files (assuming you don't want them anymore)

for file in `find /var/log/ -type f -size +5000k`; do echo " " > $file; done
Empties all files in /var/log over 5000k. Useful if /var goes crazy or if you just haven't cleaned up in a while.

By: jemmille
2009-07-03 16:26:36

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What Others Think

The bash for loop works, but you can do it with less typing with a single find command using find's -exec option: find /var/log -type f -size +5000k -exec cp /dev/null {} \; this will invoke cp once for each file, copying /dev/null to it. They syntax of -exec just replaces {} with the name of each file found and runs cp. If you were just deleting those files, you could use the -delete option in place of -exec. See the "ACTIONS" section of the find manpage for more.
bwoodacre · 676 weeks and 4 days ago
Though this is all for you much help
yeoyeo · 44 weeks and 5 days ago

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