I am able to delete files or directories older than 1 day using below command

find /u01/Release/* -mtime +1 -exec rm -r {} \;

but why I am getting error in the output of this command:

ls -lrt 
drwxr-xr-x 3 tomcat8 tomcat8      60 Oct  4 07:11 build_180
drwxrwxr-x 6 root    root        309 Sep 21  2017 redis-3.2.11
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root    1550452 Oct  4 15:23 redis-3.2.11.tar.gz

find: ‘/u01/Release/redis-3.2.11’: No such file or directory

after executing command

ls -lrt 
drwxr-xr-x 3 tomcat8 tomcat8      60 Oct  4 07:11 build_180
-rw-r--r-- 1 root    root    1550452 Oct  4 15:23 redis-3.2.11.tar.gz
  • It's not because a directory hasn't been modified in the last 10 years, that none of the files in it are recent. Modifying the content of a file doesn't modify the directory it's in. It's when you add or remove entries to/from a directory that the directory is modified. For instance / is hardly ever modified. You wouldn't want to remove every file because / is old. – Stéphane Chazelas Oct 4 '18 at 10:36
  • When you say older than 1 day, do you mean at least 2 days old (which is what -mtime +1 checks) or more than 24 hour old? – Stéphane Chazelas Oct 4 '18 at 10:41

This is very well known issue. The problem is that find first removes directory and then tries to process files inside it. A solution is to first deal with stuff inside directory and only then delete directory. That's what -depth option is for, so:

find /u01/Release/* -depth -mtime +1 -exec rm -r {} \;

should do the trick. You may also be interested in the shorter form using -delete action (which implies -depth):

find /u01/Release/* -mtime +1 -delete

As always man find is your friend.

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    It's -mtime +0 for files older than 24 hours – Stéphane Chazelas Oct 4 '18 at 10:31
  • Note that when you remove a file from a directory, that updates its mtime. If a/b/c is 1 minute old, a/b 5 days old and a 5 year old, then it will remove a/b (and c in the process), but not a. – Stéphane Chazelas Oct 4 '18 at 10:35
  • @StéphaneChazelas Yes, sure, I bet star glob is most probably also not what OP needs, but that's other topic. – jimmij Oct 4 '18 at 10:38

Try the below, Better to use --force which will delete files and directories.

find /u01/Release/* -mtime +1 -exec rm -rf {} \;

-r, -R, --recursive
              remove directories and their contents recursively
-f, --force
                  ignore nonexistent files, never prompt
  • i tried that but still get this message find: ‘/u01/Release/redis-3.2.11’: No such file or directory – RAJ METRE Oct 4 '18 at 10:13
  • ok, that means no older files are available under the directory /u01/Release/redis-3.2.11 – EBIN GLADSON Oct 4 '18 at 10:15
  • /u01/Release/redis-3.2.11 this is older directory. it is deleting that directory with that message – RAJ METRE Oct 4 '18 at 10:20
  • share the ls -d /u01/Release/redis-3.2.11 output here – EBIN GLADSON Oct 4 '18 at 10:21

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