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Generic PO Question about residuals.

We retired a Post office today.
This post office has been several versions and currently is 8.0.2
After all users were migrated and it sat idle for a few days I noticed a few thing that seem weird.
The OFMSG folder still has MSGxx.DB files from 140Kb to 20 MB. ( Why )
The OFUSER folder only had PUxxxxxx.db files. (I expected this)
The OFFILES has 248 Sub-folders each with at least 200 files, some as old as 1998.
(We have a weekly Purge of anything over 183 days)

So why might there be all the skeletons ?
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Re: Generic PO Question about residuals.

Groupwise isn't perfect at cleaning up old records when accounts are
moved/deleted. So the files in offiles are still referenced by pointers in
the msg.db files. You can see these old references by renaming the offiles
directory and running a GWCheck contents, contents verification check
against the supposedly empty PO.

When you do this, always *uncheck* the mail to option in GWCheck, as
otherwise the GWCheck log file will be added as a message in the post
office and a pointer record added to msg0.db. You need to save the report
as a file only.

The GWCheck report will show the from, to, date and time of each
message/attachment and the msg file and record number of the file pointer
as well as the file name in offiles

Cheers Dave


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dzanre1 Absent Member.
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Re: Generic PO Question about residuals.

dkamp wrote:

> The OFMSG folder still has MSGxx.DB files from 140Kb to 20 MB. ( Why )


These will not totally be cleaned up until at least 14 days after the moves, and
a GWCHECK has been run that notices them and deletes them.

> The
> OFUSER folder only had PUxxxxxx.db files. (I expected this) The OFFILES has
> 248 Sub-folders each with at least 200 files, some as old as 1998. (We have a
> weekly Purge of anything over 183 days)


As Dave says, OFFILES is notorious for having "old files" that don't get
deleted. If all of the users have moved, and moves are all finished, this can
all be blown away (as can the MSG files if you don't want to wait around for the
GWCHECK to find them.

I moved 100 users from a PO that had been in existence since 2000. We ended up
with over 30GB of "junk" that was left behind over time, and it just got deleted
when we were finished.

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Danita
Novell Knowledge Partner
Upgrading to GroupWise 2012? http://www.caledonia.net/blog/?p=514
http://www.caledonia.net/gw12upg.html
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Re: Generic PO Question about residuals.

Thanks for the explanations.
This brings up another question........
We have 5 other Post Offices that have existed since v5.02
The also have Tons of files in the OFFILES folders that are way older than our weekly purge of anything over 183 days.
The volume is shrinking and so far our only workaround is to migrate the user to a new PO and abandon the old PO.
I search the TID's occasionally but so far I haven't found a solution.
Any other suggestions or should this be put on a new thread?



>>> DZanre<dzanre@no-mx.forums.novell.com> 3/28/2012 12:46 PM >>>

dkamp wrote:


> The OFMSG folder still has MSGxx.DB files from 140Kb to 20 MB. ( Why )


These will not totally be cleaned up until at least 14 days after the moves, and
a GWCHECK has been run that notices them and deletes them.


> The
> OFUSER folder only had PUxxxxxx.db files. (I expected this) The OFFILES has
> 248 Sub-folders each with at least 200 files, some as old as 1998. (We have a
> weekly Purge of anything over 183 days)


As Dave says, OFFILES is notorious for having "old files" that don't get
deleted. If all of the users have moved, and moves are all finished, this can
all be blown away (as can the MSG files if you don't want to wait around for the
GWCHECK to find them.

I moved 100 users from a PO that had been in existence since 2000. We ended up
with over 30GB of "junk" that was left behind over time, and it just got deleted
when we were finished.

--
Danita
Novell Knowledge Partner
Upgrading to GroupWise 2012? http://www.caledonia.net/blog/?p=514
http://www.caledonia.net/gw12upg.html
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