sorry if this is asked before but, I was curious about what is the equivalent Linux command of forfiles.exe in Windows? This came to my mind when I saw this question

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    If you included a description of exactly what forfiles.exe does, those of us who know Linux very well will find helping you much easier.
    – MikeyB
    Sep 18, 2009 at 21:01
  • sorry, It's my bad not to explain what forfiles.exe does in windows; but a simple google search gives satisfying results on what forfiles.exe does. Anyway, I'm still ashamed of myself why "find" didn't come to my mind before asking this silly questions ;) Sep 18, 2009 at 21:26
  • @MikeyB, you could have followed the link to the other question. There was a forefiles description there. I updated the question to include a link directly to the technet docs.
    – Zoredache
    Sep 18, 2009 at 21:46

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find is the full-powered replacement, but for simple operations on files in the current directory this sh-script can be pretty useful (and easier to read/write) as well:

for file in *.jpg; do
  echo "do something with $file"
  • You could have spelled it "for files" ;-) [I know, then it wouldn't make sense.] Sep 18, 2009 at 22:22

The find command does what you want. Here's an example:

find /mnt/Pictures -name '*.jpg' \! -mtime 7 -exec rm {} \;

This will delete all the jpg files from /mnt/Pictures, which have not been modified in the last 7 days (168 hours). If you don't care about the case of the filenames use -iname instead of -name.

Here's a correspondence between the parameters of forfiles and the parameters of find:

  • /p → the path is the first argument of find.
  • /s → by default find searches in all subdirectories. To disable this use the -maxdepth option with a value of 1, i.e. -maxdepth 1.
  • /c-exec. Also replace @file with {} and don't forget to end the command with \; (many beginners are bit by this error).
  • /d-mtime n. File's data was last modified n*24 hours ago

! negates the condition. ! is a special character under some shells, including Bash, so it needs to be escaped or quoted, therefore you'll write \! most of the time.

  • What does the \! flag after -name do?
    – VELFR
    Feb 25, 2020 at 9:06

I think find provides the functionality that forfiles offers.


You can create a cron job that uses find with the appropriate arguments, e.g. -mtime +7

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    What does cron have to do with forfiles?
    – Bill Weiss
    Sep 18, 2009 at 20:47

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