DelDaysOld

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By Bryan Keadle



We keep a number of logs and various backup files. These files can get dated, and I wanted an easy way to be able to schedule a task to run that would prune these files based on age. My utility, (Del)ete (Days) (Old) (DelDaysOld.exe) does just that.



By default, you specify a root directory to start from, and it will process all subdirectories, deleting files older than the number of days you've specified. For more granular control, an .INI can be created like this to provide the indicated options:



[Settings]

;=== Multiple directories specified, delimited by pipe delimiter

Dir2Process=Dir1 | Dir2 | Dir3 | ...



;=== file specifications, delimited by pipe

FileMasks=*.~*|~*.*|*.??~|*.--?|*.tmp|*._mp|*._mp|*.old|*.bak|*.syd|*.chk|*.gid|mscreate.dir|0???????.nch|*.dmp



;=== Confirm deletions

ConfirmDel=Yes|No



;=== number to specify the number of subdirectories deep to process. Default "*" is to process all subdirectories

Depth=*


;=== Age of files' timelimit (defined below) to delete. Example below specifies to delete files that are 0 years, 14 days, 0 hours, 0 minutes, and 0 seconds old

TimeLimitYdHms=0:14:0:0:0



;=== Timelimit defined by Created or Modified or Accessed date

TimeField=Created|Modified|Accessed


Enjoy!




SYNTAX:

DelDaysOld (Directory) (Days_Old) [CREATED|MODIFIED|ACCESSED] [INI=Path_to_IniFile] [QUIET] [NOCONFIRM]



PARAM1:

    Root directory to start from



PARAM2:

    DaysOld # days, or Y:d:H:m:s format (Y:d:H:m:s)



OPTIONS:

    CREATED|MODIFIED|ACCESSED - Days old based on which specified time stamp (DEFAULT=MODIFIED)



    INI=Path_to_IniFile - Redirects to alternate INI file. If specified, other command parameters are ignored.



    QUIET - Suppress completed message box



    NOCONFIRM - Bypass confirmation prompt



EXAMPLE:

    DelDaysOld 14 ACCESSED INI=C:\Files2Delete.ini



To process multiple directories or specify a filemask other than *.*, use .INI to configure
the options.

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