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automatic file removal after 5 days

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Apr 21, 2013 2:08 PM

I am running Mountain Lyon with os x server.  I am having camera files sent to my server from security cameras. I'd like to do the following


     *  turn on anonymous ftp

     *  limit how many files anonymous ftp can put on server - don't want to fill the hard drive with "stuff".  I would like an anonymous or user that can not log in directly to the mac.... I did notice that I can restrict a local user (one that can log into the desktop)

     *  after 5 days (or X number of days) have those security pictures deleted. 


thank you for looking at this, and for any and all help you all send my way.

OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), Mini
  • UptimeJeff Level 4 Level 4 (3,390 points)
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    Apr 21, 2013 7:21 PM (in response to helicopter)

    I'll leave the FTP part to you..


    the auto-delete is something I deal with all the time.


    To test (assumes extension of avi and 5 day purge)

    sudo find /path -name "*avi" -mtime +5 -exec echo rm {} \;


    If results look OK, drop the echo

    sudo find /path -name "*avi" -mtime +5 -exec rm {} \;


    As far as automating this.. Some would use launchd, and it may be the best option.

    I'm a bit old-school and would use crontab, if I wanted this to run every night at 2:00am

    edit /etc/crontab


    0 2 * * * root  find /path -name "*avi" -mtime +5 -exec rm {} \;



    this was just an example.. you may have to adjust to suit you environment



  • UptimeJeff Level 4 Level 4 (3,390 points)
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    Apr 22, 2013 10:18 AM (in response to helicopter)

    Glad to assisst :-)


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