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Automation --- automatic archiving old files

Here we assume a Windows system. We'll check the c:\temp folder for files older than 90 days. Older files will be moved to c:\archives, a folder already exists.

We'll setup the computer to do this task automatically every 7 days.

1. Using Notepad, save the Perl Example 6 --- archive old files script as "archive.pl" in the folder "c:\autotasks". Make sure its file type is ".pl" instead of ".txt".

2. Using Notepad, edit a .bat file:

perl archive.pl c:\temp c:\archives 90

Save as "archive.bat" in the same directory "c:\autotasks". Make sure its file extension is ".bat" instead of ".txt".

3. Setup Scheduled task to run archiving task once every week.