Need a script

Posted on 2011-09-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-12

I need a script to identify what are the folders that are 7 days old in a particular path and to delete those folders automatically. The script should look only for folders and not for files. Thanks
Question by:jmohan0302
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Have you looked at the Forfiles command, it can find files or folders of a certain age:

This example, removes directories older than 20 days in c:\temp.

 forfiles /p "c:\temp" /c "cmd /c if @isdir==TRUE RMDIR /S /Q @path" /d -20

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... sorry only saw now you asking about vb

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Not a problem I need any thing that fulfills my work. Even a command or a script any thing
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by:Bill Prew
ID: 36578011
This should be close, adjust the constants at the top as needed.  Right now the actual delete is commented out, and it will just display the folders it thinks should be deleted.  This is for testing, if it works right uncomment out the delete.  Also, it is checking the date the folder was created currently, not last modified, since you didn't specify I wasn't sure so started with this.

Const conBaseDir = "C:\EE\Temp"
Const conDelAge = 7

' Create file system object
Set objFSO = WScript.CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

' Call recursive routine to clean out old folders
CleanFolder objFSO.GetFolder(conBaseDir), conDelAge

' Release file system object
Set objFSO = Nothing

' Recursive subroutine to remove old subfolders
Sub CleanFolder(objFolder, intAge)

   ' See if this folders subfolders are old enough to delete.
   For Each objSubFolder In objFolder.SubFolders
      If DateDiff("d", objSubFolder.DateCreated, Now) >= intAge Then
         ' objSubFolder.Delete
         Wscript.Echo "Deleted Folder: [" & objSubFolder.Path & "], Age: [" & DateDiff("d", objSubFolder.DateCreated, Now) & "]"
         CleanFolder objSubFolder, intAge
      End If

End Sub

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Author Comment

ID: 36578196
Hi Billprew, Thanks for your reply. Yet I didnt check. I will check and let you know the output. I just want to know that it has to delete all the folders that is 7 days old. Thanks again

Author Comment

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Hi Gavincr001,

Please let me know from where you got these kind of commands. I just want to create these kinds of commands on own.  Any help from your end will be greatfull. Thanks
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by:Bill Prew
ID: 36584254
ForFiles is an add on utility for Windows from Microsoft.  It was released in some of the Resource Kits and now is also part of Windows 7.  Further info can be found at:


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ID: 36690001
Hi All,

The below forfiles command is working fine in Win7,WIn2003 and WIn2008:

forfiles /p "e:\shilpa" /c "cmd /c if @isdir==TRUE RMDIR /S /Q @path" /d -20

But it is not working in win2000.

Need help to use the forfiles command in 2000 to delete the folders in a path which is 7 days old.


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Gavincr001 earned 500 total points
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You can try copy the forfiles.exe from Win7 or server 2008 to your Win2000 PC.

Or setup the scheduled task from a Win7 PC to delete the files on a mapped drive/UNC path to the Win2000 server.


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