Restoring Deleted Repositories#

By default when repository or whole repository group is deleted an archived copy of filesystem repositories are kept. You can see them as special entries in the repository storage such as:

drwxrwxr-x   3 rcdev rcdev  4096 Dec  4  2017 rm__20171204_105727_400795__ce-import
drwxrwxr-x   6 rcdev rcdev  4096 Nov 21  2017 rm__20180221_152430_675047__svn-repo
drwxr-xr-x   7 rcdev rcdev  4096 Mar 28  2018 rm__20180328_143124_617576__test-git
drwxr-xr-x   7 rcdev rcdev  4096 Mar 28  2018 rm__20180328_144954_317729__test-git-install-hooks

Data from those repositories can be restored by simply removing the rm_YYYYDDMM_HHMMSS_DDDDDD__ prefix and additionally only in case of Mercurial repositories remove the .hg store prefix.:

rm__.hg => .hg

For Git or SVN repositories this operation is not required.

After removing the prefix repository can be brought by opening Admin ‣ Settings ‣ Remap and Rescan and running Rescan Filesystem

This will create a new DB entry restoring the data previously removed. To restore OLD database entries this should be done by restoring from a Database backup.

RhodeCode also keeps the repository group structure, this is marked by entries that in addition have GROUP in the prefix, eg:

drwxr-xr-x   2 rcdev rcdev  4096 Jan 18 16:13 rm__20181130_120650_977082_GROUP_Test1
drwxr-xr-x   2 rcdev rcdev  4096 Jan 18 16:13 rm__20181130_120659_922952_GROUP_Docs


RhodeCode Tools have a special cleanup tool for the archived repositories. Please see RhodeCode Tools Clean Up Commands