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Need to schedule Linux script to remove directories and their contents

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Hi,

I am looking for a script that I can schedule on a SuSE Linux Enterprise server that will run on a daily basis at 1am.  I need it to look in a certain directory for directories with folder named with the date of 90 days old or older and delete them along with their contents.

This is for a Squid box.  Every month or so, I go and delete daily logs that are older than 3 months.  Im looking to automate this.  Right now, I ssh into the box, and run the following command to remove all directories from the Month of February.

rm -rf /proxy/www/Daily/2013Feb*



If this was vbscript, it would take me a few minutes, but im not so good with linux scripting.  

If someone could also tell me how exactly to schedule the job, that would be great.
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Dealing with logs should be done through logrotate /etc/logrotate.d see a list of files and here you can rotate the logs at a specific interval, or based on file size.  The number of copies to keep is also a setting as well as whether the files should be compressed.

Usng cron
0 1 * * * /bin/find /proxy/www/Daily -type d -mtime +90 -exec rm -rf {}\;

As a test run the find without the exec.  What it will do is look for directories that are older than 90 days since last modification and delete them and their content (-exec rm -rf {}\;)
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Thanks Arnold.  The command looks like it will work perfectly without the -exec part.  But I am having some trouble adding it to cron.  I logged in as root and typed 'vi crontab'.  Then I pasted your code in there and it never ran.  I have never used cron before, can you give me some more detail how to add it?
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You never edit cron directly,

Use export VISUAL=vi
export EDITOR=vi
crontab -e

This should do it.
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OK, got it.  I actually googled and found to use 'crontab -e' but the command swill wouldn't run.  Adding a space between the last } and the \ seems to have done the trick.

Thanks
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