Linux Unix Batch Delete Files


Sometimes you may want to delete all trace, log files, audit files completely.



If any disk or mount pount is nearly full in linux then you will think that What should i delete ?


You can find out top directories using following my article


The answer of above question is mostly log files, trace files, audit files, .xml files and etc…

If you specify logfiles, trace files directory then you can delete all files together like following.


–For IBM AIX, Delete all files which extensions are like .trc Under /oracle directory

find /oracle -name "*.trc" -type f -exec rm -f {} \;


— For Linux, Delete all files which extensions are like .aud Under /u01 directory

find /u01 -name "*aud" -print | xargs rm -rf


You may want to delete files older than 3 days, you can use following query.

find / -name "*.log" -mtime +3 -print | xargs rm -rf


You can change extension name and directory name to delete according to your need



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  1. each time i used to read smaller articles which
    also clear their motive, and that is also happening with
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  2. I advise against piping find data to xargs rm. If you are not in control of all the filenames (some other user has write access in the relevant places) the wrong files may be removed.

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