I use the following command in order to delete only the files that start with DBG and older then two day , but this syntax not print the files that deleted

find /tmp  -type f -mtime +2 -name "DBG*" -exec rm {} \;

How to add to this the find syntax , the print in order to print the deleted files?

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    Why don't you use rm -v? – cuonglm Feb 9 '16 at 16:22

Just use -print flag:

find /tmp  -type f -mtime +2 -name "DBG*" -exec rm {} \; -print

or, if rm supports the -v option, let rm do it all:

find /tmp  -type f -mtime +2 -name "DBG*" -exec rm -v {} +

or if your find supports -delete:

find /tmp  -type f -mtime +2 -name "DBG*" -delete -print

(note that the first two have a race condition that could allow one to delete DBG* files anywhere on the file system)

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    -print -exec rm {} \; prints the names of files which could not be deleted, too. – Hauke Laging Feb 9 '16 at 16:46
  • @HaukeLaging: Yeah, of course. I intended to edit it when I went back home, but Stephane did it for me. – cuonglm Feb 9 '16 at 17:03

Multiple immediate options:

find /tmp  -type f -mtime +2 -name "DBG*" -exec echo {} \; -delete


find /tmp  -type f -mtime +2 -name "DBG*" -exec echo {} \; -exec rm {} \;

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