By Bryan Keadle
We keep a number of logs and various backup files. These files can get dated, and I wanted an easy way to be able to schedule a task to run that would prune these files based on age. My utility, (Del)ete (Days) (Old) (DelDaysOld.exe) does just that.
By default, you specify a root directory to start from, and it will process all subdirectories, deleting files older than the number of days you've specified. For more granular control, an .INI can be created like this to provide the indicated options:
;=== Multiple directories specified, delimited by pipe delimiter
Dir2Process=Dir1 | Dir2 | Dir3 | ...
;=== file specifications, delimited by pipe
;=== Confirm deletions
;=== number to specify the number of subdirectories deep to process. Default "*" is to process all subdirectories
;=== Age of files' timelimit (defined below) to delete. Example below specifies to delete files that are 0 years, 14 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes, and 0 seconds old
;=== Timelimit defined by Created or Modified or Accessed date
- DelDaysOld (Directory) (Days_Old) [CREATED|MODIFIED|ACCESSED] [INI=Path_to_IniFile] [QUIET] [NOCONFIRM]
- Root directory to start from
- DaysOld # days, or Y:d:H:m:s format (Y:d:H:m:s)
- CREATED|MODIFIED|ACCESSED - Days old based on which specified time stamp (DEFAULT=MODIFIED)
- INI=Path_to_IniFile - Redirects to alternate INI file. If specified, other command parameters are ignored.
- QUIET - Suppress completed message box
- NOCONFIRM - Bypass confirmation prompt
- DelDaysOld 14 ACCESSED INI=C:\Files2Delete.ini
- To process multiple directories or specify a filemask other than *.*, use .INI to configure
Disclaimer: As with everything else at Cool Solutions, this content is definitely not supported by Novell (so don't even think of calling Support if you try something and it blows up).
It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test, test, test before you do anything drastic with it.