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# delete folder/contents based on date

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I have a test environment where I create a group of sub folders within a parent folder.
Each of the sub-folders has a number of documents in each.

ie.
Parent Folder
Subfolder A
file1
file2
Subfolder B
file1

I want to create a cron task that will run a script which will remove any subdirectory that is 2 days old.

My challenge is to cycle thru all contents of parentfolder, examine the date of each folder and if the date is older than 2 day delete the contents that folder and then the folder itself.

I don't know the names of the folders in advance

If I use code such as
readdir($parentFolder) who do I tell if the item is a folder or a file This script doesn't need to be recursive, as there are not folders within subFolders 0 Question by:joomla [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 • 7 • 6 13 Comments LVL 9 Expert Comment ID: 39183663 You can use a simple php page to do that. Use the stat() to get date info Exemple_: $stat = stat('\path\to\directory');
echo 'Modification time: ' . $stat['mtime']; // will show unix time stamp.  Modifiy the script to compare the mtime with current time minus 2 days... /** * Delete a file/recursively delete a directory * * NOTE: Be very careful with the path you pass to this! * * @param string$path The path to the file/directory to delete
* @return void
*/
function delete_recursive($path) { if (is_dir($path))
{
$iterator = new RecursiveIteratorIterator( new RecursiveDirectoryIterator($path, RecursiveDirectoryIterator::SKIP_DOTS),
RecursiveIteratorIterator::CHILD_FIRST
);

foreach ($iterator as$file)
{
if ($file->isDir()) { rmdir($file->getPathname());
}
else
{
unlink($file->getPathname()); } } rmdir($path);
}
else
{
unlink($path); } }  0 Author Comment ID: 39183727 Hi, thanks for your follow up and help I'm not familiar with the RecursiveIteratorIterator class With slight modification for variable names I get the following error Fatal error: Undefined class constant 'SKIP_DOTS' Do I need to declare anything before using the class ? regards M 0 LVL 9 Expert Comment ID: 39183737 Try to include php_fileinfo.dll as an extension in php.ini 0 Author Comment ID: 39183749 forgive me for not knowing but is this a windows solution ? 0 LVL 9 Expert Comment ID: 39183751 Its not about SO. But did you have PHP version 5.3.x ?? 0 LVL 9 Expert Comment ID: 39183769 This is supported starting with PHP 5.3. 0 Author Comment ID: 39183843 Sorry Using 5.2.11 0 LVL 9 Expert Comment ID: 39183849 You can try to use only the new RecursiveIteratorIterator(new RecursiveDirectoryIterator($startpath), RecursiveIteratorIterator::CHILD_FIRST)
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Author Comment

ID: 39183926
that works to a large degree

however, it does two things that I hadn't wanted
1. it deletes files in the parentFolder.... I only want to delete subFolders
2. it deletes the parentFolder as well

So, if I call the function
delete_recursive($parentFolder); everthing, including the parentFolder is deleted thanks m 0 LVL 9 Expert Comment ID: 39183930 Just put a simple if to skip base path... 0 Author Comment ID: 39183959 I'm sorry, but how do it apply an if statement to check for the base path I'm not familiar with this class 0 LVL 9 Accepted Solution TvMpt earned 500 total points ID: 39183976 Try to ignore the self remove path function delete_recursive($path)
{
if (is_dir($path)) {$iterator = new RecursiveIteratorIterator(
new RecursiveDirectoryIterator($path, RecursiveDirectoryIterator::SKIP_DOTS), RecursiveIteratorIterator::CHILD_FIRST ); foreach ($iterator as $file) { if ($file->isDir())
{
rmdir($file->getPathname()); } else { unlink($file->getPathname());
}
}

}
}

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Author Closing Comment

ID: 39184012
thanks for help
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