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I am looking for a solution to move files that are year older from today. My log partition is getting full, but I can not remove them. They are needed for a long long time. Anyway one solution I came up with is:

find /sourcedirectory -mtime 365 -exec mv "{}" /destination/directory/ \;

Would this work? Asking because of the "-mtime 365" would this move the files that are year older from today to a new location?

Thank you!

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You're almost right. '-mtime 365' will be all files that are exactly 365 days old. You want the ones that are 365 days old or more, which means adding a '+' before the number, so the line should be:

find /sourcedirectory -mtime +365 -exec mv "{}" /destination/directory/ \;

To be on the safe side, start by just doing a ls -l instead of mv - that way you can check in advance that you're getting exactly the files you want, before re-running it with mv.

If you want to be sure that you are only moving files, not directories, add -type f to the line:

find /sourcedirectory -mtime +365 -type f -exec mv "{}" /destination/directory/ \;
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And limit the search to files with -type f. –  Sven May 8 '13 at 10:11
Indeed. I'll add that to the answer. –  Jenny D May 8 '13 at 10:12
Thank you for the solution! :) I will add the -type f as well. –  mYzk May 8 '13 at 10:12
Bear in mind that mtime is Modification time (which sounds like what you probably want -- most of the time it is). If these logs are read/referred to often you might want to use -atime (last access time). –  voretaq7 May 8 '13 at 19:00

You can use this command, and specify that you only find for files, not directory, and the file is older than one year

find /sourcedirectory -type f -mtime +365 -exec mv "{}" /destination/directory/ \;
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Why should he use rm? Your command deletes both the log files and possibly the destination directory. –  Sven May 8 '13 at 10:08
Ops, my mistake, I think @mYzk want to remove this files. Edited –  cuonglm May 8 '13 at 10:11

You can use the below command with atime if the files are accessed often

find /sourcedirectory -type f -atime +365 -exec mv -t /destinationdirectory {} +;
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