Reopen voters: The 'already answered' question, is different. I am not looking to match the folder names, I want to look at the creation date time and use this to find the x days. I will be looking for folders older than 6 months, so unless I am mistaken, the 'already answered' is incorrect.

Inside a directory, I store date named folders of website backups.


As an example:


In my bash script, I need to check to find any direct descendants of the 'rsync' folder that are older than x days and delete them.

Using the following, I am able to find files that are older than 2 days, but this is within the child folders as well.

find /Users/myname/Desktop/rsync -mtime +2 -print

If anyone can show me how I would limit this to just the direct descendant folder and potentially how to delete them, that would be much appreciated.

  • You first point out that you have folders with dates in their names, but you don't want to use these date? Also, the datestamp of creation is most likely not stored, unless that's what the folder name is.
    – Kusalananda
    Jun 15, 2018 at 9:15
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    I added another dupe. This looks at the modification time of folders, and at least one answer discusses -maxdepth and -mindepth, which is what you want to use, along with -prune.
    – Kusalananda
    Jun 15, 2018 at 9:32
  • See also a similar question: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/228216/… Note that you will want to add -maxdepth 1 to this, apart from taking my comment to the (currently only) answer there into account.
    – Kusalananda
    Jun 15, 2018 at 9:48
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    Are the modification timestamps of those date-stamped directories not in alignment with their filename-date?
    – Jeff Schaller
    Jun 15, 2018 at 11:01


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