10 gig Foldit partition down to 70 MBs free

Case number:954892-994676
Topic:Developer Preview
Opened by:Hanto_FZ140E_4G
Status:Open
Type:Bug
Opened on:Friday, March 8, 2013 - 21:31
Last modified:Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 22:39

Win7 x64 SP1 with 10 foldit partition, 8 folders, two clients per folder, all processing. I had noticed what appeared to be an increase in partition usage a couple of days ago, but at the time not enough to warrent extreme displeasure. Now however is a different story. Will have to stop folding until I can remove a bunch of unnecessary files.

(Fri, 03/08/2013 - 21:31  |  7 comments)


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16 clients running? Probably should have more like 30 or 40 GB space for that many. Not sure how anyone can keep track of that many, and it's probably way outside of what the intention was in the client design.

That's only a bit over 600 MB of files per client, doesn't seem like a lot if it's been more that a couple of weeks since you've cleaned out the folders.

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Foldit doesn't automatically delete data from previous puzzles, so if you are sure you don't want that data anymore you can delete it to reclaim the space. With 8 separate folders, I can see how it would add up quite quickly.

Here are a few things you can look at although I'm sure I forgot some. Starting from your working directory (where your executable resides):

1) log.txt can get quite large if you are running the client for a long time
2) puzzle data (10 digit number+.ir_solution+other extension) from old puzzles
3) inside the puzzles folder there are folders with the same 10-digit puzzle IDs. These hold your saved data for that puzzle.

In case you want to look up what the 10-digit puzzle ID actually is, just go to http://fold.it/portal/node/xxxxxxxxxx (replace the x's with the 10-digit number you want to check out)

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Most likely it is the log.txt file. I had the same problem yesterday and had to increase the partition size. log.txt was over 2 gigabytes in size.

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Sorry for the delay in responding. I had other things to attend to. Part of response was written before leaving. The part involving Timo's suggestion and after is fresh as of 10:45 a.m. Saturday Utah time.
Thanks tamirh, however I see no extremely large amounts of data within foldit partition, in fact outside of folder #2 and #8, I would almost have to say they are pretty normal. and even folder #2 is only about 1.1 GBs, for what reason I currently have no idea. No large amounts of .tmp files, gained only about 5 MBs when deleting them all. And I defrag far more then most people, I had done a defrag just a couple of days ago when I noticed the first indications of growth to about 4.1 GBs of 10 gig partition. Now partition is full with 35 MBs left according to windows. This is stranger then the last time we dealt with the issue.
Taking a hint from a very short message Timo left in #global, I took a look at my log files, and was absolutely amazed by how space was being consumed by about 7 log files, one of them being an astronomical 2.84 GBs on one of the folders, in fact a folder I tend to use less the then my more heavily used first ( most of the time active client included ) folder.
This has not being going on previously or I would have seen it, simply because of how much I pay attention to the contents of the foldit partition. Standard sizes for all my 8 folders has been around 3.8 GBs and has remained so for over the last year. Why, all of a sudden this has changed, is not within my realm of expertise to guess at. But I can say, it shouldn't be allowed to continue..
My intention is to delete these astronomical log files, leaving the rest alone. I'll let you know more afterwards.

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Removing those 7 large log files took me down to 4.06 GBs acc to Windows Properties, still a bit above where it has stood over the last year, but more or less very close to the last time I defragged no more then 3-4 days ago. Getting ready to reboot for sake of updates on Avast 8. And I will be paying very close attention to this issue. NO GOOD REASON for such growth on log files, on ANY # of clients.

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Post reboot and defragging, again. Win Properties now showing 3.7 GBs consumed for 10 gig partition which about what it should be, assuming no growth in log files and knowing that all huge log files are now deleted.
I hope this doesn't happen again, but I suspect that it will unless something is done to curtail this issue.

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according a test of 1 hour, there is growth of between .15 and .16 GBs an hour on 16 clients. I shouldn't have to mention what this can do to a HD over time and to an O/S as a direct result for those running their foldit folders on their O/S partitions. Foldit has become bloatware at a minimum and a true danger to computer..
As it stands right now, a person has to shutdown his clients in order to remove the offending log files which in my cases means I will probably have to do this no later then 34 hours from now.
In addition to the shutdown of clients, there will be times when a person won't be able to actually remove the offending files until after reboot, depends on the system and other software that might interfere with the deletion action, especially if a crash were to occur in or around the same time as the deletion action is taken.
After the deletion action does occur, a smart person would proceed with a defrag of his system before reengaging any further foldit processing.
I'm truly happy that I run foldit on a small partition to keep this kind of fundamental mistake in programming apart from my O/S partition but still allows for fast and furious defrags of ONLY the necessary foldit partition. I'd hate to have to do this on a huge, single partition system, and so should others.

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