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I have a ton of very old log files that I do not want to delete but would like to move to another file system for archiving. I need a command that will identify all of the files with the date stamp of 2005 and then move them.
This is a small sample of the directory listing ls -la |grep "2005"
 
-rw-rw-rw-   1 root     other        100 Nov 11  2005 ifOutOctets.70!
-rw-rw-rw-   1 root     other        100 Nov 11  2005 ifOutOctets.71!
-rw-rw-rw-   1 root     other        100 Nov 11  2005 ifOutOctets.72!
-rw-rw-rw-   1 root     other        100 Nov 11  2005 ifOutOctets.73!
-rw-rw-rw-   1 root     other        100 Nov 11  2005 ifOutOctets.74!
-rw-rw-rw-   1 root     other        100 Nov 11  2005 ifOutOctets.75!
-rw-rw-rw-   1 root     other        100 Nov 11  2005 ifOutOctets.76!
-rw-rw-rw-   1 root     other        100 Nov 11  2005 ifOutOctets.77!
-rw-rw-rw-   1 root     other        100 Nov 11  2005 ifOutOctets.78!
-rw-rw-rw-   1 root     other        100 Nov 11  2005 ifOutOctets.79!
-rw-rw-rw-   1 root     other         99 Nov 11  2005 ifOutOctets.8!
-rw-rw-rw-   1 root     other        100 Nov 11  2005 ifOutOctets.80!

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Question by:Baudb0y
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omarfarid earned 125 total points
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Hi,

try

for file in `ls -la |grep "2005" | awk '{print $9}'`
do
mv $file /to/new/dir
done
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by:Baudb0y
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Am I to make that into a script? If so does this look correct?

#!/bin/ksh
`ls -la |grep "2005" | awk '{print $9}'`
do
mv $file /new/dir/name
done
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by:SwassLikeMe
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You could do that, but really I would use a find command.  If you specifically wanted only 2005 and not before or after, it might not work well, but I would do this:

find ./ -name 'ifOutOctets.*' -mtime +365 -print -exec mv {} /newdir \;

the +365 means modify date older and x days.  If you want two years ago, it would be +730, for example.

Also, the ./ would mean this directory, you may need to modify that based on where the log files are actually located.  Keep in mind, by default, find will also search subdirectories.
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by:SwassLikeMe
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Also, the for statement he refers to has back-ticks because it is using the ls command output as the argument for the for loop.  Doing back-ticks for a command by itself wouldn't be the way you would want to go.  The other issue could be it any file has 2005 in the file name, it would also get moved.
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by:omarfarid
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Hi,

Baudb0y:

Yes, you need to run it as a script and what you posted is correct.

SwassLikeMe:

Your comment about using find instead of ls is valid and appreciated, but the script I posted was based on the initial posting by Baudb0y, where I felt that he is comfortable with ls output and he would have though of filenames that have 2005 part of it.

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