[CentOS] Deleting Files

Thomas Johansson

thomasj at isy.liu.se
Wed Jun 20 10:23:39 UTC 2012

On 2012-06-20 02:11, Diego Sanchez wrote:
> find /whe/re -mtime +2 -exec echo {} \;
> If you get "Argument list too long" error, you can use
> find . -name "*" -print | xargs rm

Be very careful using that line!

If you have files or directories with whitespace or other special items 
in the name it can produce very unexpected behavior. In the case of 
whitespaces in filenames a better choise is to use

find . -name '...' -print0 | xargs -0 rm

Look at the man pages for find and xargs for more information.

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