Extra Files on Linux Server

Paul Konstanski
Paul Konstanski used Ask the Experts™
I have a number of directories/files on my Linux Server that seem to be not needed.  

Can you tell me what these files are for and if they can be erased?

  100M: /opt/drweb/bases/bases.tar.gz
  100M: /old/opt/drweb/bases/bases.tar.gz
  100M: /old/old/opt/drweb/bases/bases.tar.gz
  100M: /old/old/old/opt/drweb/bases/bases.tar.gz
  100M: /old/old/old/old/opt/drweb/bases/bases.tar.gz
  102M: /old/old/old/usr/lib/locale/locale-archive
  102M: /old/old/old/old/usr/lib/locale/locale-archive
  102M: /old/usr/lib/locale/locale-archive
  102M: /old/old/usr/lib/locale/locale-archive

It seems to be that instead of replacing files in an "old" directory, it creates a new directory underneath the old one.  (e.g. /old/old/old).

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looks liek that way.

/old is not a standard linux directory so for me it seems safe to remove...
i have no idea what /opt/drweb houses though....

And if the structure is getting created again you need to check scripts that "attempt" to create a backup or safe keeping  of some data.
David FavorFractional CTO
Distinguished Expert 2018
As noci said...

/old - not part of any Linux Distro

/opt/drweb - part of Dr. Web scanner

Whatever code is generating the nested directories is likely due to slightly broken syntax in a cp or rsync command.

If you remove these directories + they reappear, look at the crontab entries for the user owning these files.
Paul KonstanskiProject Specialist


Thank you for the excellent advice. Very helpful.
You can compare the files to verify if they're actually duplicates.
diff opt/drweb/bases/bases.tar.gz /old/old/old/old/opt/drweb/bases/bases.tar.gz

It's possible that they're different versions too.

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