Question about external cloud storage (Box.com) and deleted files


#1

Just getting started with Owncloud and have a couple of questions about deleting files from an external cloud site. In this case its Box.com, but it could be others.

When I delete files from the Owncloud GUI for the external shared storage, they appear in the deleted items area. This process takes a long time if there are several GBs of data. Wondering about what is really happening. If I delete 20 GBs of Box.com files, are 20GBs of file being downloaded to my server to show in the deleted files area? Since the process doesn't provide a progress indicator it's hard to see what is actually happening.

I had to rebuild my entire setup because I ended up with locked files and directory mismatches - because I wasn't aware of the delete area process, and the time it actually takes to finish a deletion process. I was deleting things twice or three times. The server was running at high CPU, and there was almost a full TB of data being deleted, and moved around, and being copied - all at the same time. Now I do one thing at a time and let each job finish. But it takes a long time still.

Thanks,

W.


#2

Yes, thats what is happening. ownCloud would take it as a normal delete and copy the file into the ownCloud Server for possible restore. In which way are you accessing box.com? WebDAV?


#3

Thanks hodyroff. Yes, accessing Box.com using webdav. Assuming that's the only way. Thinking about an alternative for my external cloud based storage only. I could manage the external cloud storage via the Box.com provided tools, and then scan the Owncloud storage [sudo -u www-data php occ files:scan --all]. In fact, I just setup a CRON job to run at midnight for this exact purpose. This way, I can avoid the lengthy time associated with the creation of a local deleted files copy of the web-based cloud files.

I have a 4TB drive as my main disk-based data repository, so the cloud-based storage is extra. I just happened to pickup 4 free 25GB Box.com accounts a few years back and it's a shame to not use them for something.

W.