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  1. #1

    Removing File By Size

    Hi, I would like a command that will remove a file that is below, say 100kb. Thank you. I think I have to use the find command but im new to that. Thanks.

    Here is what I have so far:
    find . -size 50k -exec rm "{}" \;
    This will delete any file that is 50kb exactly. I need to delete any file that is 50kb or smaller. Should I create a loop that walks through every kb (1.00 - 50.00) and deletes them? This seems like it would take forever since I would have to loop through two decimal places as well.

  2. #2
    Linux Engineer
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Chicago (USA)
    This sounds like a homework question...

    I'll give you some hints: ls -l and cut.

  3. #3
    Actually its not a homework question.

    Heres what I came up with:

    cd test
    let "file_max += 1" #Adds one more because it checks for 0kb files as well.
    while [ "$current_file" != "$file_max" ]
      echo "$current_file " 
      find . -size $current_file -exec rm "{}" \;
      let "current_file += 1"
    exit 0

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  5. #4

    My above code works for files that are exactly 1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0 5.0kb, but not for 1.1 1.2. 1.3, etc. How can I fix that?

    Ugh all that looping was useless. find . -size -45 -exec rm "{}" \; works just as well (Notice the - before 45.) But I still can figure out how to get files that have decimal places.

  6. #5
    Linux Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Turn Around
    1.) Is this homework?
    2.) Bash will only work with integers.
    3.) Your script might want to use < <= >= or > for your purpose instead of != in your while loop.

  7. #6
    1) No, I am not trying to have you guys do my homework. I am in High School, and most High Schools I know dont offer a Linux class.

    2) Good to know.

    3) Yes well I found that "find . -size -45 -exec rm "{}" \;" works just as well without all the useless looping. The thing is, it dosent work exactly how I want it. If you look in the man pages of find, it states that the -size option dosent search for indirect blocks. Meaning, it will only find file sizes that are exact. (E.G. It will find 5.00kb but not 5.01kb.)

    How can I remedy this?

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