cleaning up

Bradley Giesbrecht brad at
Tue Jan 12 09:12:34 PST 2010

On Jan 12, 2010, at 8:57 AM, Dan Villiom Podlaski Christiansen wrote:

> On 12 Jan 2010, at 02:15, Bradley Giesbrecht wrote:
>> On Jan 11, 2010, at 4:30 PM, Jeremy Lavergne wrote:
>>>> Restoring from a backup is a terrible solution. I make nightly  
>>>> backups of my databases but loosing a days worth of data will  
>>>> make me very unpopular.
>>>> Likewise losing all the emails in an imap mailbox would make me  
>>>> equally unpopular. I think for me it's best to just move user  
>>>> data outside /opt/local. I already moved it all to a subdir of / 
>>>> opt/local/var I should have just moved it outside /opt/local  
>>>> altogether and I wouldn't be worried about find $prefix -exec rm  
>>>> commands.
>>> If it's all in $prefix/var, just run a find command for bin, etc,  
>>> include, lib, and share.
>> Good idea.
>> I couldn't manage to get find -path '/opt/local/var' -prune to work  
>> but ! seems to work.
>> sudo find /opt/local \( ! -path "/opt/local/var/*" -a ! -path "/opt/ 
>> local/apache2/*" -a ! -path "/opt/local/www/*" \) -name *.mp_*
>> I think these are two other directories that some of the ports may  
>> park user files like some of the web frameworks that allow user  
>> uploads.
> After a bit of tweaking, I'd suggest:
> sudo find /opt/local -regex '.*/[^/]\{1,\}\.mp_[[:digit:]]\{9,10\}' - 
> print -delete
> If you don't have any very old files, or files which were created  
> when the clock was reset:
> sudo find /opt/local -regex '.*/[^/]\{1,\}\.mp_[[:digit:]]\{10\}' - 
> print -delete
> Or, if you want to ignore anything in a ‘var’ directory:
> sudo find /opt/local  \( -not -path '*/var/*' \) -regex '.*/[^/] 
> \{1,\}\.mp_[[:digit:]]\{9,10\}' -print -delete
> The first one should be quite safe; user files are unlikely to end  
> with ‘.mp_’ followed by 9–10 digits ;-)

I agree and this is safer.

How about:
sudo find /opt/local  \( -not -path '*/var/*' \) -regex '.*/[^/]\{1,\} 
\.mp_[[:digit:]]\{9,10\}\$' -print

Will this limit it further to only files that end with 9,10 digits?

If I leave off the -delete then I can first print the list or redirect  
it to a file and use that file to move the files out of the way and  
after a time delete them.

On systems with many users real/virtual and different forms methods  
for write access db/ftp/http/mail I need this to be as safe as  
reasonably possible.

I don't mind a little litter but having that litter in my env path was  

Thank you everyone for your contributions,
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