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Sup everyone i need to write a script that will check how many files there are in a folder if there are more then 500 files then do a rm -rf
thanks in advance.
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find . -type f -maxdepth 1|awk '{i++}END{if(i>500){print "rm -rf your-pattern"}}'|sh
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Thanks Its great short and simple i had found another way to do it but im going to use yours, thanks again.
damn ahoffmann i've seen you around a lot, you must really know your(Edited by Computer101).  hope i can pick up some of those skills one day.



MAX_NUMBER=5

# DO NOT CHANGE THIS

NUMBER_OF_FILES=0

if [ $# -gt 0 -a -d "$1" ]; then #make sure given argument is a directory
        echo " There are $1 of files";
        cd "$1";
         for i in *; do
                   NUMBER_OF_FILES=$(($NUMBER_OF_FILES + 1)); #increment counter
                     #echo "$i" #print the name of the file
                      done
                       echo $NUMBER_OF_FILES;

                       if [ $NUMBER_OF_FILES -gt "$MAX_NUMBER" ]; then

  # Enter here what you want the script to do in case there are 5 or more files

                          echo "there are more then $MAX_NUMBER of files";

                          else

  # What to do if there are less then 5

                               echo "There are less then $MAX_NUMBER of files";
                       fi
               else #print some help
                        echo "Usage: countfiles [dir]"
                         echo "  Where dir is a directory whos files you wish to count"
                 fi
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KISS - keep it small and simple
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