how to unbungle a bad backup

Jamie Heilman
Sun, 14 Apr 2002 16:24:07 -0700

So - without going into the sordid details, (lets just say I fell
asleep before I was able to something that really needed to be done)
I've got myself into a nice spot.  My source directory which was
normally ~60G of files kinda got replaced by something that was only
about ~60M and as such didn't contain anywhere near the amount of
files it should have.  But rdiff-backup ran and tried to accomodate
the differences, but it ran out of space for the massive amount of
incrementals that it would have needed.  Now I'm left with a rather
harshed backup directory.  I removed about 5 days of incrementals to
get some space back on the partition, and I fixed my source directory
so it has what it should have had in it.  Now how do I convince
rdiff-backup to rollback what it tried to do the day before and
couldn't finish so I can create a new set of incrementals from the
correct data?  Or should I just invalidate the last 30 days of
incrementals and start over after putting on my hair-shirt and going
for a jog?

Jamie Heilman         
"We must be born with an intuition of mortality.  Before we know the words
 for it, before we know there are words, out we come bloodied and squalling
 with the knowledge that for all the compasses in the world, there's only
 one direction, and time is its only measure."		-Rosencrantz