[Box Backup] Unclogging data store

Per Thomsen boxbackup at fluffy.co.uk
Tue Nov 22 02:54:38 GMT 2005

On 11/21/05 6:44 PM, Waldemar Augustyn wrote:
> This must have happened millions of time.  My data store became full 
> very quickly because I forgot to exclude media files from backup such 
> as mpeg, avi, etc.  I thought that was no problem.  I just added the 
> exlcusion and SIGHUP'ed the client.  Unfortunately, the data store 
> seems to think these files are supposed to remain there and does not 
> delete them.
It will, though, when the space is needed for newer files. Cleanup of 
the backup store does not happen until the space is needed, AFAIK. I 
don't use a lot of regexes, though, so I can't say with 100% certainty.
> How do I purge them short of actually deleting them on my computers 
> and waiting for data store to sync up?  Thanks.
If you are hell-bent on getting rid of the files right away, I would 
clear out the store on the server, and restart the backups. That will 
stop the files from backing up the next time, and they won't be backed 
up on the server. That also means that you don't have to delete any 
files on the client machine.

What you're proposing won't work, because the deleted files on the 
client will be retained on the server, as a precaution. That's one of 
the features of Box: you can recover deleted files; even files you 
deleted a while back. This is of course subject to the files not bing 
purged as a part of making space for new files.



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