[Box Backup] Manually deleting files

Oli boxbackup@fluffy.co.uk
Fri, 25 Jan 2008 09:54:58 +0000

Morning All,

I've got into quite an awkward situation with my box backup server, I'm
hoping there's a simple way out of it.

We have an onsite rsync backup which maintains a current snapshot of
several servers and historical archives going back about a month.

We have an offsite boxbackup server with which we sync our current
snapshot from the onsite.

Boxbackup's been working well, deleting old files as required, as the
current fileset grows.  Unfortunately, several days ago, the Boxbackup
ran out of old files to delete and has hit the hard limit of the store,
which unfortunately is set at 100% of partition size.

I went through and identified about 20Gb of crap which I then deleted
from the live servers and onsite backup, or excluded from the offsite
backup.  But because the store is totally full, it can't mark a current
file as old or move it to 'old' or however it works and then delete it.

The only thing I can do is alter the filesystem to allow it to use the
last 0.5% of the partition which is normally only available to root,
then increase the store size and cross my fingers and hope this gives it
enough room to mark some current files as old, then delete them over the
next few days, then shrink the store to encourage it to delete the old
files (otherwise I'll have no way out when this happens next!)

What I'd really like to do is identify and delete some of the store
files to immediately and definitely solve the problem.  Is there any way
to do this at the mo?

Thanks very much in advance! :-)


Oli Comber
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