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Cleaning up a symbolics
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 90 10:44 CST
From: Cohen@MCC.COM (Richard M. Cohen)
Date: Wed, 10 Jan 90 08:48:44 MST
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (David R. Strip)
I have inherited several symbolics machines which have been
less than ideally managed over the years. There are many bogus
(though apparently harmless) entries in the namespace as well
as pointless .system entries in >sys>site. Is there any handy
way to clean out this sort of nonsense? Are there other places
to look for junk that needs to be cleaned out? I am a little
reluctant to adopt a tabula rasa (clean slate) approach, but
I suppose that's always the alternative, at least as far as the
local LMFS goes, but a little too much as far as the namespace goes.
Here's a good technique for cleaning up unneeded files from your
(1) Rename the existing directory (e.g., to >sys>old-site>)
(2) Rename the .SYSTEM and .TRANSLATIONS files that you
know are needed into the new >sys>site> directory.
(3) Tell your users to move anything they know to be needed.
(4) Move additional files as you encounter problems.
(5) After some months you can review the files left in old-site,
and delete ones that are deemed unneeded. (Or, if you have
enough disk space, you can leave the old files around, but
not cluttering up SYS:SITE.)
Before you do this, look at the reference dates for the files. That's a
pretty reliable indicator of what is in use.
I have a tool you could use to GC unused directories from you LMFS.