July 12, 2023

Copy, move or delete recently modified or downloaded files

To copy all the pdf files downloaded in the last day to a directory files run:

$ find /home/user/Downloads/*pdf -maxdepth 1 -mtime -1 -print -exec cp -t /home/user/Desktop/files {} +

To move all files, replace cp by mv.

To delete all files modified in the last day in the directory named Downloads:

$ find /home/user/Downloads/* -maxdepth 1 -mtime -1 -print -delete 

Run $ man find<> to learn to adjust each of the options used above.

The programme find was published in 1971 and is copyleft-licensed.

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