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I have a folder with many sub-folders containing small tif files (less than 160kb) which have been merged together in bigger pdf files, together with some big multi-page tif files.

I want to delete all small tif files without deleting the bigger files (tif or pdf) and retaining the directory structure. How do I go about it on Linux using the command-line?

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find . -name "*.tif" -size -160k -delete

To verify that the correct files are found run the command without -delete first.

Note the - at -160k. Just 160k means exactly 160 kilobytes. -160k means smaller than 160 kilobytes. +160k means larger than 160 kilobytes.

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The ubuntu man page seems to mention this. Just below the "TESTS" section: Numeric arguments can be specified as +n for greater than n, -n for less than n, n for exactly n. – jdg Sep 11 '14 at 23:55
thanks. it did not occur to me that the information might be somewhere else in the manpage. – lesmana Sep 12 '14 at 8:55
It is nice this command also works recursively. My use case would be to delete .txt files under 12kB. – Sun Sep 23 '14 at 4:21
no need for sudo? – Jean-François Gagnon Oct 6 '15 at 15:35
For sizes in bytes specify 50c, not 50b or 50! – Evengard Jan 29 at 13:43

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