Monday, February 19, 2007

To go through a directory of log files and delete them on unix

for FILE in `find /home/evilsquid/logs -maxdepth 1 -mtime -1 -name *.log`


echo $FILE

rm $FILE


This is a useful tidbit if you need to do some log file monitoring....


Steve said...

Actually you don't need to script this...

You can use the -exec option (you may also want to specify that you want only files)

find /home/evilsquid/logs -type f -maxdepth 1 -mtime -1 -name *.log -exec rm {} \;

feniix said...

Actualy -maxdepth option doesnt work on Unix.
Those are gnu find options, the find from Unix (lets say for instance AIX, Solaris) dont have that many options.
And although the are available on all the linux flavors you should not depend on those options to make your scripts more portable.