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big unused backup sets - what to do?

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I have several backup sets in a series which no longer have any media associated with them, because their media were overwritten with a ?? backup. For most of the other sets for which this is true, the files are nothing more than a 748 byte data fork with a 47k resource fork. For some of the files, the data fork is still the same size as a backup set. Example listing from the terminal (so it shows data forks only):


-rw-rw----   1 someone  admin          748 28 Jul  2003 SomeSet A [004]

-rw-rw---- 1 someone admin 21602204 5 Sep 2003 SomeSet A [005]

-rw-rw---- 1 someone admin 155571068 14 Apr 16:52 SomeSet A [006]

Note that there are no more tapes which would be identified as being a part of any of these backup sets. Is there some way to get the big files down to the size of the small file? If I erase the unused pieces of the backup set, with the numbering get messed up?





Retrospect Workgroup 5.1.177 on Mac OS X 10.3.8

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These are just catalog files - they don't contain any of your old data. New media backup set numbering is based on the name of the backup set defined in your scripts. You don't need to keep old catalogs around as place holders.


If you no longer have tapes for these sets go ahead and delete the files.


Hope that helps



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