Archive the big folder

In the PhenoCopter platform, I have to deal with the limited space in the storage of our data center. The practical solution is to archive old flights into tape and current flights in the active storage.

The challenge for UAV data is mixed by smaller and bigger files (mainly images). The test flight has 37, 010 files with 43.6 GB on disk and 12.8 GB file size in total.

Create archive file

I tested the tar and zip format to archive all files into a single file which is eacy to transfer between storage.

tar -cf flight1.tar flight1

The tar command took about 8m to generate 13 GB file.

 zip -r -0 Flight1-Visual 2>&1 > /dev/null

The zip command took the similar time of tar command and generate the file with similar size.

Delete the data

The next challenge is to delete all files in the original storage. Thanks for the suggestions from here. The fastest way to delete folder with lots of files is rsync or perl.

mkdir empty_dir
rsync -a --delete empty_dir/    yourdirectory/

cd yourdirectory
perl -e 'for(<*>){((stat)[9]<(unlink))}'
Bangyou Zheng
Bangyou Zheng
Data Scientist / Digital Agronomist

a research scientist of digital agriculture at the CSIRO.