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Bacula Volumes growing endlessly

Posted on 2013-01-27
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I have been cleaning up and reconfiguring my Bacula setup so that the volumes will autoprune and recycle, but as of right now several volumes have grown enormous. I don't want to delete the whole volume, just the oldest jobs from the volume so that the file on disk will take less space. How can I do this?
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Not clear whether the issue is that you did not follow through after adjusting your retention period or you have more than anticipated data for the retention period that you do have.

http://www.bacula.org/5.2.x-manuals/en/problems/problems/Bacula_Frequently_Asked_Que.html#SECTION002260000000000000000

deals with altering the retention and running the update pool to set/expire volumes based on new retention policy.

If volumes have grown more than expected, you may want to revisit your backup strategy.
i.e. is it an issue with the grouping?
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When a volume is expired and then recycled, will old data automatically be removed from it? Because the volume is just as big. I have set VolumeRetention = 180  and Recycle = Yes for all pools. That is less then half of what was before, 365.
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The amount of data being backed up has and continues to increase.
See what you are backing up and your schedule to see whether you can rearrange what backup group includes.
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I just deleted the volumes manually and let bacula create new ones with a full backup using my aletered config. Looks better for now.
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