[Box Backup] deleted files

Nigel Marsh boxbackup@fluffy.co.uk
Tue, 9 Nov 2004 15:03:12 +0000

On Tuesday 09 Nov 2004 14:38, Ben Summers wrote:
> On 9 Nov 2004, at 14:28, Nigel Marsh wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I have just tried to recover a file that was deleted on Friday.
> When was the file created?

The file was created 22nd Sept 2004 and last modified 5th Nov 2004. It is an 
autocad drawing and I was able to recover it using the .bak file that autocad 

> >  I went to
> > find the file but it was nowhere to be found ( ls -d ). There is lots
> > of
> > backup space left allocated on the server so, I assumed that the
> > deleted file
> > would still be available.
> Correct assumption.
> > My question is, do files deleted on the client get deleted on the
> > server
> > before the allocated space is eaten up and rotation of the backed up
> > files
> > begins? If so, is there anyway to adjust how long deleted files are
> > kept ?
> Files are only removed when the server runs out of space. They are then
> deleted in order of "usefulness" and age, oldest first.
> > If files are kept until rotated due to lack of space I must assume
> > that this
> > person had the file in a different location.
> Or it wasn't uploaded in the first place? Remember there are rules
> about how long a file must exist unmodified before it will be uploaded.
> > I have started an experiment by deleting a couple of unrequired files
> > and will
> > watch them to see how long they last but, if I could get an answer from
> > someone on the list that knows about this then it would be very much
> > appreciated.
> I suspect the file didn't make it onto the server in the first place.
> Check your bbackupd.conf file for the timings on when files will be
> uploaded. Does it explain what you see?

The config is set to the default 6 hours. 

Cheers Ben, I think the user may just be confused as to where the file was in 
the first place.  Is there a way to search the backup archives for a 
particular file or do you need to know where the file was in the first 
place ?

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