All backups

Reports ::: report_allbackups
Maintained by Dan Marsden, Catalyst IT
This report allows access to all backups on a site - including those stored in the users private files area and the site admin can download/restore or delete the backup files.
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592 sites
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Are your teachers filling up the disk with too many backup files? - This report allows you to obtain a list of all Moodle backup files on your site - including those inside users private files areas, allowing you to delete/download or restore the files.

This report finds all files in your site with the extension *.mbz (Moodle's backup format) excluding the recycle bin and draft files which are cleaned up using other processes.

Thanks to Zentrum für Schulqualität und Lehrerbildung Baden-Württemberg for sponsoring the development on this plugin and allowing it to be shared with the community.

This plugin was developed by Catalyst IT

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  • Tue, Oct 20, 2020, 6:10 AM
    Approval issue created: CONTRIB-8273
  • Wed, Dec 2, 2020, 5:26 PM
    This plugin seems to be very useful, thank you!
  • Wazza
    Wed, Dec 2, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Very nice, thanks!
    I have some feature suggestions:
    Filter on size -> I know you can sort on size, so that already helps
    I had 50 pages of backups in my test-environment and wanted to delete them all. Unfortunately, that's not possible. You can only delete a maximum at once of the number of courses on your page. Perhaps you could add a pagination option that selects the number of backups per page, or just a 'show all' button smile
    But thanks again!
  • Thu, Dec 3, 2020, 8:13 AM
    Thanks Sebastian! Richard, Pull requests are always welcome smile
  • Fri, Jan 22, 2021, 3:56 PM
    Hi Dan, thanks a lot for this useful tool!
    The 'show all' button would indeed be a very nice feature, deleted 32 pages manually took a while. ;)

    One more thing: Would there be issues if I manually removed some of the backup files from disk before Moodle has the chance to delete them in the given time window (up to 4 days, the plugin told me)?
    I need to clear space immediately and am wondering if I could just delete the largest files right now...

  • Sat, Jan 23, 2021, 5:04 AM
    @Clemens, good to hear you found it useful. Probably best to ask questions about early data clean up in the forums - should be a few posts around that cover how it works.
  • Sat, Jan 23, 2021, 2:18 PM
    @Dan, thanks for the tip - I'll go there, then. smile
  • Fri, Mar 12, 2021, 9:18 PM
    We've been getting the following error when trying to download the data table.

    Coding error detected, it must be fixed by a programmer: Output can not be buffered before instantiating table_dataformat_export_format

  • Mon, Mar 15, 2021, 5:16 AM
    @Jon - I haven't seen that before - please report any issues here: - please make sure you tell us what version of the plugin and what version of Moodle you are using when you get any errors too
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