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mpeters
FreeFlow User

Spool Folder

I have seen this question asked before, but not sure of the answer. Is it possible to automatically purge the spool folder after a certain period? We run lots of jobs with large files (personalized direct mail, personalized calendars from XMPie, etc) and this folder fills up our drive over time. Is there a system affordance to take care of this? If not, would it be a problem for us to write a script that purges the folder of all files past a certain date?

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DavidU54339-XRX
FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator
FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator

Re: Spool Folder

One needs to be careful when purging the spool folder F:\Xerox\FreeFlow\Core\00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000\Platform\Spool, there are job characteristic definitions (used by the Route node) within this folder. I would recommend purging the .pdf, .xpf, and .xml files to avoid unwanted system side effects. 

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mpeters
FreeFlow User

Re: Spool Folder

Thanks David. I did in fact run into that prompting a Veeam VM restore from previous day backup. So, good advice!   :-)   So, just to be clear, we would be safe as long as we script the delete to only remove PDF, XPF, and XML?

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DavidU54339-XRX
FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator
FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator

Re: Spool Folder

Correct. The pdf, xpf and xml files are associated with jobs (not component settings e.g., job characteristics).

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DavidU54339-XRX
FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator
FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator

Re: Spool Folder

Be careful with the .xml files. If you set a Preflight node to use xml for the output of a preflight report, you may want to hold on to it. The temp.xml files are usually always candidates for deletion.

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T_Winkler
Member
Member

Re: Spool Folder

Hello David,

we have now about 500000 folders in our spool. We purge the PDF files out of it, but the amount of files seems to be too large now. FreeFlow needs over 90 min to restart.
What can we do help the system?

In our mind, the folders with control files are listed in the FreeFlow database .
So we would like to delete all the folders, that are not in that list (dbo.ResourceDescriptionAttributes).

Are there any other ideas from the developers?

A purge of the finished files should delete the spool files, also.

 

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DavidU54339-XRX
FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator
FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator

Re: Spool Folder

The optimal way to get progress on this, is for a customer (e.g., you) to contact Xerox support and submit a problem fix request.

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DavidU54339-XRX
FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator
FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator

Re: Spool Folder

Are the jobs still visible in the Job Management GUI? If not, the components of the jobs should not be in the spool folder.

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T_Winkler
Member
Member

Re: Spool Folder

No the jobs are leaving the frontend after 24 hours. But the folders are left in the spool folder, also with PDFs and XML description. So we made a script that removes old PDF files out of the folders.

But now the mass of folders slows down the explorer and FreeFlow itself.

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DavidU54339-XRX
FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator
FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator

Re: Spool Folder

These files should be removed from the spool directory when they are removed from the Job Management GUI. Contacting Xerox support to get to the bottom of this is the best option.

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