How to move files that are older than 2 days

Posted on 2004-03-23
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
Does anybody know how to modify a script i run to grab all files older than 2 days?

Here is my current code

mv -f -u /mnt/test/* /mnt/test2 || mail -s "Scotts move has failed" < /dev/null

And I don't think that tmpwatch is the answer
Question by:shasta247
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cd /mnt/test
find . -ctime +2 -exec mv {} test2 \;

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ID: 10669280
Excellent - thanks jlevie!

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do you know how to make the script email me if it doesn't find anything?
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I assume you mean if there weren't any files older than 2 days in /mnt/test. The shell script below should do that:

cd /mnt/test
cnt=`find . -ctime +2 | wc -l`
if [ $cnt -gt 0 ]; then
  find . -ctime +2 -exec mv {} ../test2 \;
  echo "No files found older than 2 days" | mail -s "Scotts move has failed"

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