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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] remove-older-than takes hours and slows down th

From: Ryan Castle
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] remove-older-than takes hours and slows down the system....
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2005 09:34:50 +1100

That seems very odd. You could probably write a fairly quick perl
script that does the same as remove older than. All it does is removed
increments older than a certain date. In theory, it should be a simple


On Thu, 3 Feb 2005 10:35:59 -0500, George Gallen <address@hidden> wrote:
> I currently backup to a directory on the same system as the data for 
> an online backup system. The filesystem it's backing up has been reduced 
> to just about 0% space available. 
> I executed a rdiff-backup --force --remove-older-than mm/dd/yyyy
> /targetdirectory 
> It should have been about 60 incremental backups during that time frame, and
> an overall of about 15-20gb, with maybe a 1% daily change rate of the data. 
> Is it normal for rdiff-backup to slow the system down to a crawl, and/or
> take 
> over 3 hours (I had to Control-C the program), and in that amount of time
> only 
> 1% diskspace had been reclaimed? The total filesystem space is 18gb. 
> I will most likely backup the directory to tape, then I will hard delete the
> incremental backup directory, and start from scratch online, unless there is
> a faster way to remove the files? 
> This is running on a RH 7.3, The number of users is usually about 20, and is
> not open to the internet. 
> Thanks 
> George 
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