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script to remove files > then 7 days old.

dplinnane
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I have a a directory called upload in which I create hidden directories for users  .uername1   .username2.   How would I go about creating a script that will remove files from each hidden directory that are more then 7 days old.
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Hi dplinnane,

find -type f  -ctime 7


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find <dir> -ctime +3 -type f -exec rm {}

Be careful though. You might want to replace the
     -exec rm {} \;
by
     -print
first to make sure that you are going to delete the files you really mean to delete

also as per your requirements, you may need atime in place of ctime ... refer to find man page for details
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Cool, I'll check them out.
I'm a php programmer so I can run commands using  exec(sheel command);
if I wanted to run this without using php what kind of a file would I place the code in (I don't know a whole lot about shell scripting just basic commands)  filename.ext     ext?  My aim is to run a cron job every 7days. I have figured out how to do that running a php file but am curious to know an alternative method.
Thanks.
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