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Remove old logs and backups files from WHD Virtual Appliance

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Created by Caroline Musindi, last modified by MindTouch on Jun 23, 2016

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This article provides instructions on how to configure the WHD Virtual Appliance (VA) to automatically remove log and backup files older than 14 days .


  • WHD 12.x and later
  • WHD Virtual Appliance


  1. Log in via SSH to the Virtual Appliance/Linux box.
  2. Switch to user root with sudo su.
  3. In the command line, type the command crontab -e to open the cron job editor.
  4. Press the A key to enter into edit mode.
  5. Copy and paste the following:
    #***************** Minute (0-60) 
    # #*************** Hour (0-23)
    # # #************* Day of Month (1-31)
    # # # #*********** Month (1-12)
    # # # # #********* Day of Week (0-6)
    # # # # #
    0 3 * * * find /usr/local/webhelpdesk/bin/tomcat/logs -mtime +14 -exec rm {} \;
    0 3 * * * find /usr/local/webhelpdesk/log/ -mtime +14 -exec rm {} \;
    0 3 * * * find /usr/local/webhelpdesk/pgsql9/backups/ -mtime +14 -exec rm {} \;
  6. Press ESC and press SHIFT + ZZ to save the cron job. 
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