[Box Backup] Is it possible to 'undelete' files in the Box Backup store?

Stuart Hickinbottom boxbackup at fluffy.co.uk
Wed Jan 18 18:17:37 GMT 2006

I've had Box Backup working well for me for a while now, and I'm very 
impressed with it, thanks. Its requirements exactly fit my needs 
(remote, automatic, and encrypted), and it's been stable and pretty 
trouble-free once it was all set up.

A hardware failure this week, however, led to my Linux server unmounting 
a large external disk (mounted under /mnt/media), which had the effect 
of causing all the files and directories under that mount point to 
effectively disappear.

boxbackup duly noticed this and marked all the files and directories 
under that mount point as deleted (~150GB). This is a little 
inconvenient as they've not really been deleted at all, they were just 
temporarily invisible to the client daemon.

I've since managed to recover my disk (thank heavens for ext3), but 
before I re-enable bbackupd on this machine I was wondering whether it 
would be possible to remove the 'deleted' flag on selected files and 
directories within the backup store? I know the object IDs of all the 
objects involved.

If I just restart bbackupd now it will, I think, begin uploading all 
150GB of those files that it will think have just been created (maybe 
it's cleverer than that, but I don't expect it'll notice that those 
files/directories already exist in 'deleted' versions). Uploading this 
quantity of data will work, but will be slow as my backup server lives 
on the other end of a 256Mbit DSL link.

Any ideas before I restart bbackupd and watch the modem flash for a 
couple of months?


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