strange .backup. directories in joomla site/filesystem

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lightningbit
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strange .backup. directories in joomla site/filesystem

Postby lightningbit » Sun May 12, 2013 9:47 am

Hi,

since a while, I'm noticing strange .backup. directories in my joomla sites. (see example below) I'm not sure when it started, and where they come from.
I'm not using other cms or frameworks on the server so I'm not sure it is from joomla, or from directadmin/installatron

some extra info:
- using directadmin
- using installatron as a script installer
- NOT using joomla's internal update mechanism, but the autoupdate (for minor/security updates only) from installatron (because it automatically makes a backup of the whole joomla installation before doing the update)

the backupfolders have a different permissions setting and user/group as you can see below

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Name                                                        Size    Perm.     Date    UID    GID
com_gantry                                                  12.0k   777   Mar 17 19:17 2013   ***** ******
com_gantry.backup.6978162f29b5fe37dd98b200cfeec6d4          12.0k   755    Mar 17 19:17 2013   apache   apache   
com_j2xmlimporter                                           188k   777   Mar 17 19:17 2013   ***** *****
com_j2xmlimporter.backup.9bf2de927417c9f8830810715027d595    188k   755   Mar 17 19:17 2013   apache   apache   
com_jce                                                      5.97M   777   Mar 17 19:17 2013   ***** *****
com_jce.backup.6978162f29b5fe37dd98b200cfeec6d4              5.97M   755   Mar 17 19:17 2013   apache   apache   
com_jumi                                                    80.0k   777   Mar 17 19:17 2013   ***** *****
com_jumi.backup.a2bbf67b58ba7571c98237c4a938c4c6             80.0k   755   Mar 17 19:17 2013   apache   apache   


it does not affect the working of the site (as far as I know) but it is consuming diskspace
it also does not happen with ALL directories, just some of them
it also happens with e.g. the image & media directories etc...
they can be very large.
and if this happens with > 50 joomla sites on a server, this can mean GB's diskspace taken by such folders

I can clean them, but imagine the time it would take to (manually) check and clean the whole directory structure of > 50 joomla sites

I'll ask the same question in other forums, but maybe someone here came across the same occurrence and knows the cause

thanks

L.

Phil
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Re: strange .backup. directories in joomla site/filesystem

Postby Phil » Mon May 13, 2013 8:43 am

Hello,

The ".backup." diretories can be deleted. These directories are remnants of a system we previously used to reclaim files/directories owned by an incorrect UID. These directories should automatically be cleaned up by Installatron, so it's safe to ignore them if you don't need them removed right away. This method is also no longer used by Installatron so you shouldn't see the directories created going forward.

If there are any questions let us know.

Thank you,
Phil
Phillip Stier
Installatron Co-Founder

lightningbit
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Re: strange .backup. directories in joomla site/filesystem

Postby lightningbit » Tue May 14, 2013 3:36 pm

Hi

thanks for the info
so it should not happen anymore in the future? Is this a very recent change, because...
(I noticed this on a site, those directories were created one time in march and one time in april this year, 2013)

it will hurt a bit to start cleaning it all out again


L.

Phil
Staff
Posts: 486
Joined: Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:06 am

Re: strange .backup. directories in joomla site/filesystem

Postby Phil » Tue May 14, 2013 5:36 pm

Hi,

Yes, this was changed recently. You shouldn't need to clean anything up manually unless you need the space freed right away.

Thanks,
Phil.
Phillip Stier
Installatron Co-Founder


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