[LON-CAPA-admin] Freeing up some space on our library server

Mark Lucas lucasm at ohio.edu
Thu Nov 4 10:11:30 EDT 2010


I don't have any real answer for you, but I can say that I've contemplated the following somewhat 
kludgey solution if we were to close in on our limit:

I've considered getting a slow but big USB drive, copying the files that haven't been touched in X years, and
leaving symbolic links in their place on the SCSI Raid Array. Then every once in a while you check to see if
there are files that have actually been accessed and bring them back on if deemed reasonable.

Yes, it's an ungraceful kludge. It might be that one focuses on simply users, as the student files for a course can
get pretty large. 

One thing to check out is how large the log files are getting to be. It may be that you can rotate them a little more
often and set a size cap on them. You just have to make sure your willing to tradeoff access for forensics in 
case of a problem with how far back you want log files.

Just my 2 cents,


On Nov 4, 2010, at 9:47 AM, Eric Harvey/FS/VCU wrote:

> Hello,
> We have a library server that will be replaced soon with new hardware.
> Until then, we need to come up with a routine to free up some space, we're currently at 90% capacity on our local disk. Are there currently "archive" routines that we can run annually or semi-annually that will help free up space?
> If not, what areas can we safely remove or archive that will help us free up space in the interim.
> Thanks,
> Eric Harvey
> VCU Learning Systems
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Mark Lucas 								email: lucasm at ohiou.edu
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Ohio University
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