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missing and corrupt files since cron backup script

Posted by dabbler (leah), 13 March 2004
About 10 days ago I started running automatic backups of the cgi directories (for forums) on two websites. I created a simple script with a tar command, and am running that script once a day via cron.

Two things have happened in the last two days that are very odd. Yesterday, a users data file became empty. It was still there, but blank. This morning, on another server, two files have gone missing from another yabb directory. They were in the backups, but I'm worried what else is going to disappear.

I can only imagine that this might have something to do with the backup scripts? I would doubt it to be a sudden coincidence when this hasn't happened ever before.

In root, .backup contains:
tar -cpzf ./pathtobackups/backup_`date +%d%m%y`.tar.gz ./cgi-bin

Posted by admin (Graham Ellis), 14 March 2004
I would stongly take the view that the crontab job / tar isn't what did the damage ... I have some alternative thoughts, which I'll let you know by p.m. or email .... I would feel a bit funny describing server security issues in detail here in case I gave some clues away

Posted by dabbler (leah), 14 March 2004
Thanks Graham.

Edit:Maybe this thread should be retitled to cron backups in the nick of time.

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