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Any way of automatically *deleting* scheduled backups?

Discussion in 'Plesk for Linux - 8.x and Older' started by Brainwrap, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. Brainwrap

    Brainwrap Guest

    I have several sites on my server and have set up each domain with up to 3 nightly backups. The problem is that once the limit (3) is reached, of course, it stops running backups. This requires me to manually delete the oldest backup in order for a new one to be run, which kind of defeats the whole point of having an automated backup system.

    I was wondering whether there's any way (special cron task?) of telling Plesk to automatically delete the oldest backup each time it needs to run a new one? In the above example, for instance, it would automatically delete the backup from 2 days ago, opening up a slot for todays' backup?
  2. crash0verride

    crash0verride Guest


    "ls -lrt" prints the listing of a directory oldest modified first.

    Doing it will get you the following:
    -rw-rw-r-- 2 root root 1125 2006-08-21 21:59 Address.pm
    -rw-r--r-- 2 root root 624 2006-08-21 22:03 Customer.pm
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1166 2006-08-21 22:23 Account.pm
    -rw-r--r-- 2 root root 1385 2006-08-22 10:48 Person.pm
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 20 2006-08-22 10:57 testfile.txt
    -rw-r--r-- 2 root root 4888 2006-08-22 11:52 Email.pm

    use awk to print the files:

    awk '{print $8}'

    Use sed to show the oldest file

    sed -n 2p

    use all these commands in backticks, put it into a script, and tell cron to execute the script every day



    rm `ls -lrt /whereyourbackups are/ | awk '{print $8}' | sed -n 2p`

    Its a bit messy but will do the trick. Also if you have another partition, I would advocate moving the backup onto a drive with more space, because it is always nice to have an extra copy.

    ls -lrt | awk '{print $8}' | sed -n 2p
  3. Brainwrap

    Brainwrap Guest

    Thanks for the suggestion!

    Unfortunately, I'm not much of a programmer/terminal-command guy...I was really wondering whether there was some sort of plug-in GUI interface for this sort of thing.

    Still, I'll present your solution to my sysadmin guys and see what they think; additional suggestions are welcome...

    Thanks again,

  4. breun

    breun Golden Pleskian

    Jun 28, 2005
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    You could also use the find command with the -ctime option (and the -delete option or pipe the results to xargs rm -f). I guess there is no GUI way, but I wouldn't know really as I use another backup tool.