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[resolved] Backups suddenly jumped from 29MB to 3GB (15 posts)

  1. CarolineElisa
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I am wondering why my backups have suddenly jumped from 29MB to 3GB, with minimal changes to the site.

    I am not keen to download 3GB on my slow connection just to take a look, and in fact I cannot help but think this is suspect...

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/backupwordpress/

  2. CarolineElisa
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Aaah, just realised it is so large because it now includes files outside my WordPress installation.

    Is this intentional? If so, can I choose to only download the WordPress files?

  3. CarolineElisa
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Me again :P

    Additionally, while I have the settings to "Backup my 3 GB database and files daily at 11:00 pm, store only the last 3 backups on this server." there are 13 backups displayed in the WP backend, and 14 via FTP.

  4. Augusto
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Try to remove the old backups and run a backup again to see if it will accumulate.

    Before you changed the seetings, it was adjusted to maintain how many backups?

  5. Augusto
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Another thing: if you are using another backup solution in you wordpress, check if you excluded the folders in the backupwordpress's settings.

    just to point my case: here, I use the wpremote solution to download backups remotely, and it created a backup folder in the "uploads" folder. When i run a backup with BackupWordpress, it included this wpremote folder.. and the backups increased the size gradually.

  6. CarolineElisa
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks gustao.

    I have deleted all the backups. Let's see now if it limits the number to 3.

    The real problem is that it is backing up files outside the WordPress installation, which total 3GB.

    Perhaps there is there a way to limit backups to the folder 'wordpress', that contains the relevant files? Excluding is not an option, as I have a huge list of directories that wish to exclude.

  7. Tom Willmot
    Human Made
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi Caroline,

    The issue with it backing up files outside the WordPress installation has been fixed in version 2.1.3.

    Thanks for reporting the issue!

  8. CarolineElisa
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hi again,

    While it may have been fixed for a while - I've forgotten if I checked to be honest! - The latest version of backupwordpress is definitely backing up files outside my wordpress installation. These total 5GB - not ideal!

    Is this maybe related to the fact that I have the WordPress files in a /wordpress/ subdirectory, while the index.php and .htaccess files are in the root? As in, my site address is ~.com while the wordpress address is ~.com/wordpress/

    Hope you can help.

    Thanks
    Caroline

  9. Tom Willmot
    Human Made
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    You can force the backup to be taken from the /wordpress/ instead of the server root by adding.

    define( 'HMBKP_ROOT', '/wordpress/' ); to your wp-config.php file.

  10. CarolineElisa
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks Tom, but where exactly?

    Adding it just under the language options gave a server error on my site.

  11. Tom Willmot
    Human Made
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Put it just below the WP_DEBUG line.

    What error did it cause?

    You could also use:

    define( 'HMBKP_ROOT', dirname(__FILE__) . '/wordpress/' );

  12. CarolineElisa
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Both of those give a 500 error.

  13. Tom Willmot
    Human Made
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Not sure why that would be

    Could you email tom@humanmade.co.uk with a copy of your wp-config.php so I can take a look.

  14. Tom Willmot
    Human Made
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Resolved off list.

  15. CarolineElisa
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    In case it helps anyone else, this in my wp-config file is what fixed the issue:

    define( 'HMBKP_ROOT', dirname( __FILE__ ) );

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