Delete all files older than X in given path

find . -mtime +10 -delete
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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By: rexington
2010-04-12 15:05:17

What Others Think

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.
bwoodacre · 430 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!
rexington · 430 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.
d34dh0r53 · 430 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?
joeyliechty · 368 weeks and 4 days ago

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