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Sunil Vijay
Sunil Vijay

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Script to clean out files in dir and have a note of deleted files in deleted_files.log

Today we'll discuss some scenarios in bash scripting.

Problem Statement:

Let's say I have a directory in my Linux driver name called movies. And I'm downloading a film from the torrent daily to relax. So in an average round, my machine would have a bottleneck of disk space. So I need to delete my old files which were downloaded past 2 days ago. And also I need to delete files and copy the name and date of the deleted files in a log file for my later check what has been deleted.
i.e) /home/user/movies/

Note: take this just as an example and implement it in any kinda scenario.

Solution:
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Also, Discuss some of your thoughts in comments, if I'm wrong, suggest some best practices. Ideas are always welcome. Thanks in advance....

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Bobby Iliev

Looks good! Can you also share the code itself here as well so people could copy it easier?

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Sunil Vijay Author • Edited on

TIMESTAMP=date +%F

echo "Auto Generate Log files"
find /home/ubuntu/audios/ -name 'audio*' -mmin +2880 -exec bash -c ' echo "{} - " date -r {} rm -rf {} ' \; | xargs > deleted-files-$TIMESTAMP.log
echo "Log Generated Successfully"

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Sunil Vijay Author

Thanks Bobby. The code is above in the snippet.