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Is there a command to delete all the files in a directory that haven't been modified in N days? I need to clean up some old logs.

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This will delete all files older than 5 days, you can put a -name '*log' in there too to be more precise and you might want to specify a maxdepth in the find command too.

find /some/dir -type f -mtime +5 -delete

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Although wise sysadmins do a dry-run with -ls instead of -delete to make sure this won't delete anything they wanted kept. Yes, speaking from experience here. –  Shadur May 5 '12 at 14:21
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Speaking from experience, they also check their path. or not, since I once did the / some/dir/ version. :( –  Hennes Jan 13 '13 at 22:34
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