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I'm looking to automatically delete files older than 7 days old with forfiles.

The code below works when I do it manually and respond yes to deleting the files. How can I incorporate the yes into this?

This is the output:

E:\>forfiles -p "H:\SHARED\Scans" -s -m *.* -d -7 -c "cmd /c del @path"
Could Not Find H:\SHARED\Scans\.DS_Store
H:\SHARED\Scans\XXX\DOC006.XSM\*, Are you sure (Y/N)?
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what happens when you try echo y | before it? –  barlop Jan 5 '11 at 16:30

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You could try adding in a /Q /S, though be aware that this may not in fact do what you really want it to:

/Q Quiet mode, do not ask if ok to delete on global wildcard
/S Delete specified files from all subdirectories

E:\forfiles -p "H:\SHARED\Scans" -s -m . -d -7 -c "cmd /c del /Q /S @path"

You are probably better off either using CSCRIPT (with your choice of VBScript or JScript) or PowerShell. Check out this answer from StackOverflow: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1575493/how-to-delete-empty-subfolders-with-powershell

Here is some vbscript to accomplish a similar task:

Dim fso, folder, folders
Set fso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set parent = fso.GetFolder("H:\SHARED\Scans")
Set folders = parent.SubFolders

' delete any folder older than 7 days
For Each folder in folders
    If Abs(DateDiff("d",Date, folder.DateCreated)) > 7 Then
        folder.Delete(True) 'force delete
    End If
Next
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Might want to try H:\SHARED\Scans\ seems the .DS_STORE is getting appended to the current folder @PHLiGHT –  Sathya Jan 5 '11 at 17:33

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