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Bash Script That Deletes Directories Older Than X Days If Y Number Of Directories Exist

Earlier tonight I created a little script that will run in cron on a Linux server. The script counts the number of directories and files in a specific directory and if the count is above Y then it deletes directories and files older than X number of days. In the example script below the number of items (directories and files) that have to be located in the directory before the script to delete files older than a specific date is 10. If there are ten items then the script will delete items older than 90 days. Below the script is the entry made in a specific users cron on the Linux server.

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Count How Many Files Are In A Directory And All Sub Directories On A Linux Server

Counting files in Linux is fairly easy by simply listing the files using ls and then using the wc application. Both the ls application and the wc application are core Linux applications and should be installed by default on your server. One thing that I had forgotten how to do was how to count all files in a specific directory as well as all files in each sub directories. The second method I will display below is not 100% accurate because it will count sub directories twice however it is likely you just need a round about method to get an idea of how many files and sub directories you are working with. Below I describe first how to count all files and directories within a single directory and second how to count all the files, sub directories, and files within the sub directories via a Linux shell or command prompt.

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How To Tell If httperf Is Using SSL

I had created a script to run ask for a couple CLI arguements and then run httperf against a server. The goal was to load test a server for HTTP and for HTTPS. I added the –ssl switch but could not verify a couple things including if httperf had been compiled with SSL support or if the –ssl was working at all.

1. Was httperf installed with SSL support?
This is an easy one. If the –ssl option exists then your httperf was compiled with SSL support. I wasn’t sure since I installed httperf via YUM in CentOS. I also tested by compiling myself and both versions had SSL support. If you do compile yourself you can check compile-dir/config.status and see if SSL support compiled properly.