How to delete files older than X days

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Support_Barrett

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Post by Support_Barrett » Wed Apr 22, 2020 4:59 pm
Q:
How can I delete files in a directory that are older than X days?

A:
Directories can occasionally get crowded by old, unnecessary files. GoAnywhere has a simple solution to this by making use of the Delete task.
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Here is a simple project to delete some files in my “output” directory. When the deletion is performed, the number of affected files will be outputted to the job log.

Adding a date filter allows you to select files between a certain age. In this instance, I only want files older than 30 days to be selected. The function I use is “${AdjustDateTime(CurrentDate('yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss a'), 'yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss a', 'days', -30)}”. This adjusts the specified time to be 30 days before today. You can find more information on the AdjustDateTime function here: manipulating-date-time-in-a-project-1406

Other fields:
• Base Directory: this is the directory that will be checked
• Include Items: choose whether files, directories, or both will be affected by the delete
• Recursive: if true, subdirectories will be searched in the deletion process

To make this process completely automated, you can have it run via Scheduler. I created one for my project that will run every Friday at 6:00pm:
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Setup is fairly simple, and now my directory is looking much neater.
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