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[ale] deleting old files




This syntax is correct.  Also, a slight variation:
find / -atime +100 -exec rm {} \;

...really boils down to the same thing.

* WARNING * WARNING * WARNING * WARNING * WARNING * WARNING * WARNING *

THIS COMMAND IS VERY DANGEROUS!  I EXECUTED A VARIATION OF THIS IN A USER
SPACE ON A SERVER AT WORK (using gzip rather than rm) AND IT TARGETTED AN
EXECUTABLE THAT WAS ONLY NEEDED AT BOOT TIME.  SINCE THIS SERVER WAS
SEVERAL MONTHS BETWEEN BOOTS, IT WASN'T NOTICED TO BE MISSING FOR SOME
TIME.  Fortunately, it was just vncpasswd, so it could be fairly easily
replaced after booting, but it can be much worse.

* WARNING * WARNING * WARNING * WARNING * WARNING * WARNING * WARNING *



On Tue, 22 May 2001, Jason Lynn wrote:

> You could use the find command... though I think this would be a dangerous
> thing to do.
>
> find / -atime +100 -exec rm -f "{}" ";"
>
> You might check my syntax (and logic) for the above command before executing
> it.  ;)
>
> Jason
>
>
> >From: "Christopher Bergeron" <christopher at bergeron.com>
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> >If I have a machine that has been mastered and is "production ready", can I
> >issue a command to wipe out all the files that haven't been accessed in a
> >while?  Specifically, I want to make an embedded system, so I want my disk
> >usage to be as small as possible.  When I have everything I'm going to need
> >on the machine, I want to issue a command to "delete all files not
> >accessed/modified since: xxxx".  Can I do this?  Can anyone think of
> >something I may have overlooked before I do this?
> >
> >Thanks in advance...
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