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I have a script to delete files older than 3 months but it suddenly stopped working?  I'm not sure what's going on..
Here's the script:
Forfiles -p"D:\share\share\share" -s -m*.* -d-3 -c"CMD /c Del @File  : date -30 days"
I'm getting an error that says invalid arguement/option -pD:\...
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by:Steve Knight
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Looks to me just like a space missing beteen the /p and first " of the path though difficult to tell on mobile.


Steve
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by:WellingtonIS
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No I don't think there's supposed to a space there.
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by:Steve Knight
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Have you tried?  on my PC it errors if there isn't:

C:\Users\stephen>forfiles /p "d:"
"$RECYCLE.BIN"
"IBM Support.pdf"
"MS_Learning_Transcript.PDF"
"TrialPrice.xlsx"

C:\Users\stephen>forfiles /p"d:"
ERROR: Invalid argument/option - '/pd:'.
Type "FORFILES /?" for usage.
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by:WellingtonIS
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yes.  I think I found my issue. I'll let you know - thanks
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Nope it didn't work.  I need something to run every 30 days to delete files older than 3 months.  Thats what this was doing.  I'm just not sure what went wrong suddnely
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Several issues. You do need a space after each option (tested on Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7), you should use a slash for the options (makes it easier to read, since the date specifiers accept a "-" as well), and most of all, since you're recursing, you need @Path, not @File. Finally, the "  : date -30 days" doesn't throw an error, but it has nothing lost in the command line.
And if you want to delete files older then 3 months, you need (about) "/d -90", not /d-3.
Try if this works for you; it will only display the files in question, not delete anything. Replace the "ECHO" with "DEL" to run it for real:
forfiles.exe /p "D:\share\share\share" /s /m *.* /d -90 /c "CMD /c ECHO @Path"

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thanks oBdA, helps when sitting at a PC then trying to remember settings... I didn't look at the rest since the error was related to the space and the command apparently worked before!

Steve
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Many thanks I'll try it.
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Thanks - I'll set this up to run once a month.
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