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I want to send an email message to a user or distribution list (already created) if the file is older than sixty minutes.  Here is the command I am using.  I get an error "expression term lacks a required parameter.  I would like to get this command working, but will welcome other suggestions for tackling the same requirement.

find /fdmdev/proedi/temp -name 'PROEDI*.CHK' -amin +60 -exec echo "Found" {} | mailx -s "Error" -c shapley ";"
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woolmilkporc earned 500 total points
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Hi,

the error message is due to the missing semicolon following the "exec" construct. The statements following the pip" are not part of exec!
So it should be like this:

find /fdmdev/proedi/temp -name 'PROEDI*.CHK' -amin +60 -exec echo "Found" {} ";" | mailx -s "Error" -c shapley

wmp

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Thank you !!
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by:woolmilkporc
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Just saw it - could it be that your mailx statement is missing a recipient? And if it's really AIX - "-c" is not a valid flag for IBM's mailx!
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by:woolmilkporc
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Sorry, the last part should read "-c alone is not a valid flag for IBM's mailx"
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by:Tintin
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Note that amin +60 (or atime) won't necessarily tell you if a file is older than 60 minutes, because if you view the file, the atime will be reset.

Better to use mmin
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