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

for file in `find /var/log/ -type f -size +5000k`; do > $file; done
you don't need to echo, just a plain redirect is enough to empty the file

By: svg
2009-07-03 17:38:21

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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 · 672 weeks ago
Why would you need to use this command when logrotate + cron does it for you already?
djangofan · 543 weeks and 5 days ago
This is not a threat huge help
yeoyeo · 40 weeks and 1 day ago

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