How to use tmpwatch to Auto Clean Up Files and Logs in Linux

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Tmpwatch is tools that recursively removes files which have not been used or accessed for certain period of time. In this post, i will describe how we can automate the clean up process on log directory on linux CentOS 6.6. You can use tmpwatch to safely remove unwanted files for a given time.

1. How to install tmpwatch package :

[[email protected] ~]# yum install tmpwatch -y

2. As example, delete all logs in /var/log/nginx for more than 30d(30 days).

[[email protected] ~]# /usr/sbin/tmpwatch 30d /var/log/nginx

3. Add the tmpwatch into the cronjob so that we can automate the removal process. As example let the removal task start 10PM every night.

0 22 * * * /usr/sbin/tmpwatch 30d /var/log/nginx

Thats All.

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