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Re: [Duplicity-talk] Why aren't my old backup sets being deleted?

From: edgar . soldin
Subject: Re: [Duplicity-talk] Why aren't my old backup sets being deleted?
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 20:36:17 +0200
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On 17.09.2012 20:25, Joe Auty wrote:
>> address@hidden <mailto:address@hidden>
>> > September 17, 2012 2:08 PM
>> >
>> > yes.
>> >
>> > check the duplicity manpage 'man duplicity' or online
>> > http://duplicity.nongnu.org/duplicity.1.html
>> > all /action/ commands are described there. duplicity support three 
>> > remove-* 
>> > commands currently.
>> >
>> > generally you should make the manpage your first stop if something is 
>> > unclear 
>> > or 'seems' not to work ;)
>> Oh, I do do that normally, but this required a few readings to sort of 
>> process.
>> It does seem intuitive that remove-older-than should remove *everything* 
>> older 
>> than that date and do everything that is necessary to do so, but I guess 
>> this 
>> approach does leave a gaping hole in leaving some orphaned incrementals 
>> around. 
>> remove-all-but-n-full is far more explicit and direct, so I guess this makes 
>> sense.

duplicity is about backup, which in turn is about data safety. simply deleting 
and leaving a corrupt chain would go against these intentions ;)

we could make duplicity interactively prompt in this case, but i'd vote this an 
overkill, as the problem is already communicated *and* duplicity is primarily 
designed to run unattended via cron or the like.


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