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[rdiff-backup-users] handling of files missing in rdiff-backup repositor
[rdiff-backup-users] handling of files missing in rdiff-backup repository
Sun, 04 Feb 2007 20:22:14 +0100
i needed to remove some really large files from the rdiff-backup repository
(ran into diskspace problems) , and this made my last backup run fail
completely. i hoped rdiff-backup would only complain when trying to restore,
but it complained while doing the backup.
after failing, i did "rdiff-backup --check-destination-dir ./rdiff-backup-repo"
and rdiff-backup behaved quite nicely and fixed the problem - reporting this
in easy understandable message:
>A regular file was indicated by the metadata, but could not be
>constructed from existing increments because last increment had type
>None. Instead of the actual file's data, an empty length file will be
>created. This error is probably caused by data loss in the
>rdiff-backup destination directory, or a bug in rdiff-backup
>Warning: Could not restore file
great feature - but - i would like to discuss, what can be done to be able to
remove files from the backup-repository _without_ the risk of inconsistencies
like this, (needing "--check-destination-dir" after the next backup failing).
what about adding a command to remove files with additional adjustment of the
i tested the following:
remove some file and ran "--check-destination-dir" afterwards, but this time,
rdiff-backup was telling "Fatal Error: Destination dir /backup/rdiff-repo does
not need checking"
ok, this is not a real issue because we should never do such ugly file deletion
in the repository, but iirc, several users have requested "remove files from
repository" as a feature.
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