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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] rdiff-backup when disk is full (was: Re: Trace

From: Dave Howorth
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] rdiff-backup when disk is full (was: Re: Trace when listing backup and not enough permissions)
Date: Fri, 01 Jun 2007 10:16:10 +0100
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Frederik wrote:
> On 5/31/07, Charles Duffy <address@hidden> wrote:
>> Frederik wrote:
>> > Actually, rdiff-backup is a disaster in dealing with full disks:
>> > looking at the size of rdiff-backup-data, a lot of space is used by
>> > old increments. Unfortunately, rdiff-backup --remove-older-than fails
>> > because no more disk space is available! So this leaves me with a
>> > chicken and egg problem: I have to make free space, but to free space,
>> > I have to remove old increments, which is impossible because the disk
>> > is full :-(
> AFAIK only ext2 and ext3 reserve 5% for root, other file systems don't.
> And no, this system does not use LVM, as this machine was installed
> some time ago

The traditional answer is just to create a dummy file to fill a bit of
space. Then when your disk fills up, you delete it, do whatever you need
to and recreate it.

Cheers, Dave

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