Need a PERL script to delete backup files dated exactly  7 days ago.

Posted on 2013-05-24
Last Modified: 2013-05-24
Hi Team,

   Just need help on a cronjob task i need to do for housekeeping my Centos file system.   I have an application that backups an app database twice a day and these backup files have started accummulating in our /root/backup directory like so.....


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I just need help with a PERL script that I can include in a cron job so that it will automatically delete files with file names that have the date of exactly 7 days ago.   In the case of the example above, if today were 24 May 2013, I want the cron job to delete only files MYAPP.db.backup.17-May-2013*   but leave the other dates untouched.

Any help would be appreciated.
Question by:rleyba828
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woolmilkporc earned 450 total points
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Why perl?

rm /root/backup/MYAPP.db.backup.$(date -d "7 days ago" +"%d-%b-%Y")*.sql

When adding this line to crontab you must escape the % signs (cron restriction)

0 7 * * * /bin/rm /root/backup/MYAPP.db.backup.$(/bin/date -d "7 days ago" +"\%d-\%b-\%Y")*.sql

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by:Robert Saylor
Robert Saylor earned 50 total points
ID: 39194075
Here is a shell script I use for this purpose:



echo Cleaning backup files older then 4 days

# change the path below to where you want to auto delete
$FIND /backup/extended/* -mtime +4 -exec $RM {} \;

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Hi woolmilkporc,

   Thanks for the solution.  It worked excellently and is the exact thing I was looking for.  My sysadmin just preferred to standardize on perl but bash will do in this case.

Hi rsaylor, your solution was helpful, but in our case, the date was part of the filename, so we had to work within those constraints, but thanks as well.

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