suddenly filling of hd and no access to x

Karl Auer kauer at
Tue Sep 22 13:58:28 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-09-22 at 09:45 -0400, Accessys at wrote:
> BINGO!!  /var/backup was using almost 700gb of my harddrive. rm a
> couple files and could get back into KDE, I thought it was only
> supposed to back up new things.  and I thought I had  set it to backup
> to a removable hd anyway.

A common backup problem is accidentally recursively backing up something
that goes *up* the directory tree - like including ".." in a backup.

Accidentally including the backup directory in the backup can blow out
your backup sizes, too!

Another common culprit is backing up a home directory with and
active .gvfs, or generally backing up a directory with links off to
other filespace.

Someone else has already mentioned another common issue - accidentally
backing up to a local mount point because the desired target filesystem
was not mounted there.

And there is the ever-popular failure to specify absolute paths, then
running your backup script in / instead of your home directory :-)

Regards, K.

Karl Auer (kauer at                   +61-2-64957160 (h)                  +61-428-957160 (mob)

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