[Box Backup] Old vs Deleted files removal

Peter Jalajas, GigaLock Backup Services boxbackup@boxbackup.org
Wed, 18 Feb 2009 17:11:27 -0500

Yeah, I just squashed an account by lowering the soft limit
substantially, and found the same results, Old files went to 0 GB and
Deleted stayed at several GB.  To me, it didn't matter for that
client, but I would guess that about equal numbers of users prefer it
removing olds as deleteds, depending upon their situations at any
given time.

I've always been intrigued by this issue.  Chris, could you maybe
please point me to the source code file(s) that control this? Maybe I
can take a feeble stab at documenting the current logic anyway.


On Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 3:11 PM, Chris Wilson <chris@qwirx.com> wrote:
> Hi Soren,
> On Wed, 18 Feb 2009, S=F8ren D=F8ssing wrote:
>> It seem the house keeping process for server prefers to remove old
>> files before deleted files when storage is full.
> It is by design, but it bothers many people including me, and there is a
> ticket open to change it. Unfortunately it's not trivial as I don't
> understand the current selection logic and I think the best solution is t=
> have versioned (timestamped) backups, but boxbackup was never designed fo=
> that and it will take quite a bit of work to implement it. Sorry if that'=
> disappointing.
> Cheers, Chris.