Feature #3748

Add manual archive/ directory cleaning option

Added by Yannick Warnier almost 10 years ago. Updated almost 10 years ago.

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For the shared hosting installation, it is impossible or difficult to setup a cron process, and sometimes space is missing due to the massive use of the archive/ directory for temporary files.

Develop a script that removes all contents from the archive/ directory, except .htaccess, through PHP commands (unlink and rmmdir - there are wrapper functions for these in the Chamilo libraries) to avoid portability issues for Windows servers.

Place a link in the "Portal" block in main/admin/index.php which leads to a new dedicated page:
$ArchiveDirCleanup = "Archive directory cleanup";
$ArchiveDirCleanupDescr = "Chamilo keeps a copy of most of the temporary files it generates (for backups, exports, copies, etc) into its archive/ directory. After a while, this can add up to a very large amount of disk space being used for nothing. Click the button below to clean your archive directory up. This operation should be automated by a cron process, but if this is not possible, you can come to this page regularly to remove all temporary files from the directory.";
$ArchiveDirCleanupProceedButton = "Proceed with cleanup";
$ArchiveDirCleanupSucceeded = "The archive/ directory cleanup has been executed successfully.";
$ArchiveDirCleanupFailed = "For some reason, the archive/ directory could not be cleaned up. Please clean it up by manually connecting to the server and deleting the contents of the chamilo/archive/ directory, except the .htaccess file.";

The new file, main/admin/archive_cleanup.php has to be authorized for admins only (api_protect_admin_script()) and be accessible only on the root portal (in case of multi-urls).

Upon clicking the button, the action is executed immediately, the user is sent back to main/admin/index.php and the confirmation (or error) message appears on top of the page.



Updated by Julio Montoya almost 10 years ago

  • Status changed from Assigned to Needs testing
  • Assignee deleted (Julio Montoya)
  • % Done changed from 0 to 70

Updated by Yannick Warnier almost 10 years ago

No I didn't add them. Let me know if you do.


Updated by Julio Montoya almost 10 years ago

Lang terms added only in english in


Updated by Yannick Warnier almost 10 years ago

  • Status changed from Needs testing to Bug resolved

Tried and approved/


Updated by Yannick Warnier almost 10 years ago

  • Status changed from Bug resolved to Feature implemented

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