Tuncay Sahin

ICT Engineer | Docent ICT & Trainer

This is a quick how-to to clear out older files in a directory.

find /path/to/files/ -type f -mtime +7 -exec rm -rf {} \;

Explanation of the arguments:

find: the command that will search for the files
/path/to/files/: the top level directory to start searching
-type f: so we don’t remove directories, only files
-mtime +7: files older than ’7′ days. Change to ‘+14′ to delete files older than 2 weeks
-exec: what to do with the files we find
rm -rf:  remove them recursively, force
{}: this represents each file we find
\;: the end of the exec

Now you can schedule this by adding a crontab entry to run every night at 2am:

0 2 * * * /bin/find /path/to/files/ -type f -mtime +7 -exec rm -rf {} \;

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