Purge Netware Deleted Files

Posted on 2007-08-07
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I have two Netware 6.5 SP6 servers.  I need to know what the easiest route would be to setup the servers to purge all deleted files after they are 90 days old.  Please help.
Question by:Jess Tolson
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    nss /logicalVolumePurgeDelay=7776000

    The value is in seconds.
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    Actually, that's wrong - that's the setting for purging delete VOLUMES, not files (long day). FILE purging is usually dictated by watermarks - configured as a percentage of the free space. Once this threshold is reached, purging begins until sufficient space has been reclaimed.

    Not sure of an nss switch to configure scheduled file purges off the top of my head, but it's easy enough to configure a scheduled task (cron job) to execute the standard purge command as/when you like.
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    After 90 days old... hmmm...

    I'd never heard of that.  Might I inquire why?  Generally, NetWare, using NSS or Traditional file systems, will keep all deleted files until it needs the space or a purge is done, whichever comes first.  Is there a security issue?

    You can turn on data shredding, in NSS, but I don't know if that would "shred" all deleted so they can't even be salvaged or if it works along with salvage, but again, there's no timeframe involved that I can tell.

    NSS does have a purge delay setting.  I don't know if it can be set to 90 days, but that would set a delay for a purge, not initiate a purge.  There's a low and high watermark percentage between which automatic purging takes place, by default between 10% and 20%, and if the pool/volume falls below 10% free it stops saving deleted files, effectively turning off the salvage feature.

    I think what you might be looking for is Archive and Version Services.  It's like a "salvage self-service" and you can set date limits.

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