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Re: [opensuse] How to delete everything but the newest 5 files?
On 03/31/2012 09:06 PM, Andreas wrote:

I'd like to let cron clean up a directory that holds hourly backups.
So there are 24 new files every day.

I'd need some scripting that sorts the content of this directory and
then removes everything but the 5 newest files.

Is there a howto or even sample code that does this?
If your directory contains only files, something like this should work:

rm `ls -St | tail +6`

ls -St sorts the directory contents by time and tail +6 prints the file
starting from 6th line

-- Mark

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