Extrememly Large Files on Server in Cascade Install File Structure

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Joshua Ellis

22 Apr, 2015 08:21 PM

Good afternoon,

Our Cascade box has been filling up the install drive faster than the logs accumulate and, upon investigation, we discovered the following folder had some large files in it. Can you tell us the purpose of this folder, the files in it and if we can remove them or cause them to not be generated?

\Cascade Server\tomcat\work\Catalina\localhost_\

Thank you,
Joshua Ellis
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  1. 1 Posted by Bradley Wagner on 22 Apr, 2015 08:27 PM

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    Hi Joshua,

    In general, you can assume that anything in the tomcat/work or tomcat/temp directory can be safely removed following a shutdown.

    Would you be able provide us with a listing of the contents of that directory: find \Cascade Server\tomcat\work\Catalina\localhost_\ (in linux)? I've sometimes seen this folder contain lots of large site or ZIP imports. They should be removed upon successful completion of the import but sometimes the import is interrupted or doesn't finish cleanly.

    Please let me know.


  2. 2 Posted by Joshua Ellis on 22 Apr, 2015 08:42 PM

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    The files are folders (or zip files) with the naming convention of 'export1366998113828' filled with text files with the naming convention 'com.hannonhill.cascade.model.dom.ACLEntry.476d2e80a74e013346938420e6cc6730' There are also a few .tmp files with naming convention 'upload_653569e4_149c7e61fa6__8000_00033811.tmp'

    They exist in our previous install location as well as our current; the previous install location has one zip file at 3.8Gb and a folder of 8.22Gb. The current install has a number them at < 1Gb

    Joshua Ellis
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  3. 3 Posted by Bradley Wagner on 22 Apr, 2015 08:47 PM

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    Can you check the timestamp on those files? Are they the exact same files from your previous installation that were just copied over?

    The export**** is a site export that should have been deleted after it was downloaded. At this point, it's safe to delete that and whoever requested the site export can do it again if they need it.

    I'm not 100% sure about the upload*** files but again, it's safe to assume that everything in "work" is basically temporary. It should be cleaned up automatically after Cascade is done with it, but in the event that it's not, you can delete it manually.

    The timestamps should help shed some light on how current the files are.


  4. 4 Posted by Joshua Ellis on 27 Apr, 2015 02:55 PM

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    The files in the previous installation all have timestamps from the previous year, when we used that system. 4-15-13 to 5-30-13

    The files in the current installation range from 7-11-14 to 4-24-15.

    We were looking for files to delete and noticed these; since they are ok to remove, we will delete them and free up some space. Please let us know if the files not being automatically deleted is an indicator of an underlying problem we need to investigate.

    Thank you,
    Joshua Ellis
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  5. 5 Posted by Bradley Wagner on 27 Apr, 2015 03:19 PM

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    Thanks Joshua. Feel free to delete anything from last year or previous years immediately.

    For more recent files, this may be something that we want to investigate a little further as those files should be getting cleaned up after the import/export process is finished.

    First of all, can you tell me which version you're running? We implemented some improvements to the site import/export process in a relatively recent release.

    Second, do you have users that are regularly attempting to do site import or exports? Are you able to ask them if those processes have been successful?


  6. 6 Posted by Joshua Ellis on 01 May, 2015 08:11 PM

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    We are actually trying to upgrade our test server and are running into issues using the root.war upgrade option. The test server is only available to our development team; the Web Team, so site exports are not common but do happen.

    Opening a new ticket for the upgrade issues.

  7. Joshua Ellis closed this discussion on 01 May, 2015 08:11 PM.

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