?
Solved

How to use linux find command to exclude a specific directory when using with rm

Posted on 2010-09-20
4
Medium Priority
?
966 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10

I have a find command that polices a directory and removes files older than 7 days. The command is as follows:

find /documents -name "*" -follow -mtime +7 -exec rm {} \;

The situation is that I need to exclude one single specific subdirectory off of /documents, for example, /documents/software. All other files not in the "software" subdirectory are eligible for removal.

I don't have to use the find command if there is another way to accomplish what is needed.

Thanks in advance for your help.
0
Comment
Question by:dhite99
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 8

Expert Comment

by:nognew
ID: 33716627
Hi dhite99!

Please consider the following one liner:

for i in `ls -d *`; do if [ "$i" != "software" ]; then find $i -mtime +7 -exec rm {} \;; fi;  done

you need to be in /documents before you start a command.
Regards,
t.
0
 
LVL 8

Assisted Solution

by:McNetic
McNetic earned 600 total points
ID: 33716842
To use find, you can use the option -path ./documents/software -prune, which means to ignore the whole documents/software directory. Please test before applying with rm ;-)
0
 
LVL 23

Expert Comment

by:Maciej S
ID: 33717674

find -L /documents/ -mtime +7 -not -path "/documents/software/*" -type f -exec rm {}

Open in new window

0
 
LVL 23

Accepted Solution

by:
Maciej S earned 1400 total points
ID: 33717686
I forgot about \; at the end. Correct version below.
find -L /documents/ -mtime +7 -not -path "/documents/software/*" -type f -exec rm {} \;

Open in new window

0

Featured Post

Want to be a Web Developer? Get Certified Today!

Enroll in the Certified Web Development Professional course package to learn HTML, Javascript, and PHP. Build a solid foundation to work toward your dream job!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

SSH (Secure Shell) - Tips and Tricks As you all know SSH(Secure Shell) is a network protocol, which we use to access/transfer files securely between two networked devices. SSH was actually designed as a replacement for insecure protocols that sen…
Google Drive is extremely cheap offsite storage, and it's even possible to get extra storage for free for two years.  You can use the free account 15GB, and if you have an Android device..when you install Google Drive for the first time it will give…
Learn how to find files with the shell using the find and locate commands. Use locate to find a needle in a haystack.: With locate, check if the file still exists.: Use find to get the actual location of the file.:
Learn how to navigate the file tree with the shell. Use pwd to print the current working directory: Use ls to list a directory's contents: Use cd to change to a new directory: Use wildcards instead of typing out long directory names: Use ../ to move…
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month10 days, 11 hours left to enroll

765 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question