Verbosely delete files matching specific name pattern, older than 15 days.

find /backup/directory -name "FILENAME_*" -mtime +15 | xargs rm -vf

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By: monkeymac
2009-08-22 16:58:23

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use find's -delete option. It's probably more efficient because find just makes a system/library call to delete the file, rather than spawning whole rm processes. The larger the number of files to delete, the greater the benefit... find /backup/directory -name "FILENAME_*" -mtime +15 -delete
bwoodacre · 630 weeks and 4 days ago
you can replace the part that follows after '-exec' just with the '-delete' option of find command.
d555 · 321 weeks and 6 days ago

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