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I want to search files in dos by age or last modified time .I want it in a form of a script and not using windows search option in the start menu...For example I want to find all the files that are more than one month old and which are greated than 5 Mb and delete them.. Thanks in advance..
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by:Didier Vally
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Try this link with a lot of useful examples of VBS scripts that will help you :
http://www.scriptinganswers.com/vault/Files%20and%20Folders/
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Thanks but I require in dos scripting ..Thanks
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Farhan Kazi earned 800 total points
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Try following command line statement.
You may need "FORFILES.exe" (comes with Windows 2000 Resource Kit & Vista)

Windows 2000 Resource Kit:
http://www.petri.co.il/download_free_reskit_tools.htm

Following statement will find *.log file in C: drive that modified over 100 days ago and are greater then 5 MB.

Click Start -> Run -> Cmd.exe -> Copy & Paste below statement on command prompt

Hope this helps!
Farhan



FOR /F "tokens=1-2*" %a IN ('FORFILES -pc:\ -m*.log -d-100 -c"Cmd.exe /C @ECHO @FSIZE @FILE"') DO @IF %a GEQ 5242880 @ECHO %b %a

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Another option using robocopy (comes with server 2003):
robocopy %sourcedir% %destdir% %file(s)% /S /ZB /COPYALL /MOVE /MINLAD:31 /V > robocopy_%date:~10,4%_%date:~4,2%_%date:~7,2%.log

this would move files and delete the old ones from sourcedir to destdir - if you do not specify files then all would be included.  includes subfolders, copying in restartable/backup mode (if it cannot be currently accessed), and instead of using last modified date would look at the last accessed date, which might be more desirable.  

You can run with /L to just list what would be done without doing it
You can use /XF to exclude file types that you do not want to move (e.g. /XF *.mp3) - we did this when moving user directories from one file server to another, they were not supposed to have movies, music, etc. stored on their share drive.  This could also be found with dir /s *.mp3 > mp3.log  to list and then go through and delete via batch script easily created from the output ;)

Note that if you run in a mixed environment with non-windows boxes this can be nice as it will not err out if a mac or linux box created a file with a space after the end of the extension or used other normally invalid characters not allowed by a regular copy function.
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