How do I move files older than 30 days from folder /storage/current/dbdumps/ to /storage/archive/dbdumps?

I tried:

find /storage/current/dbdumps/ -type f -mtime +30 -exec mv '{}' /storage/archive/dbdumps \;

but seems invalid in Ubuntu 11.04.

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    what is the error message?
    – enzotib
    Nov 19, 2011 at 10:53

2 Answers 2


The command seems ok and in my 11.10 it works. Haven't you missed the trailing slash in the destination folder?

find /storage/current/dbdumps/ -type f -mtime +30 -exec mv '{}' /storage/archive/dbdumps/ \;

Other thing you may try is using /bin/mv insted of just mv.


You can try this version (works in 11.10, i guess it will work in other versions too :) ):

find /storage/current/dbdumps/ -type f -mtime +30 -print | xargs -I {} mv "{}" /storage/archive/dbdumps
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    You should use quotation around {} after mv, as files may or may not contain spaces etc. I would have piped the findings to xargs -I{} mv "{}" /storage/archive/dbdumps/ Oct 7, 2016 at 15:36

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