Daniel Morrison

Data Loss


Sometimes you make stupid mistakes, and that’s all you can say.

I let the hard disk on my MacBook Pro fill up today. OS X is nice about informing you when you’re getting close, but if you’re doing something like using installing large packages via MacPorts, you’re out of luck. Instead of coming back to installed software, I got a disk is full message.

I’ve seen people lose email, or other horrible things with a full disk. Fortunately, all that I lost were all of my feeds in NetNewsWire. Unfortunately, that means a lot of time to rebuild them. Its a known issue but not really one I blame them for.

I could restore the files with either of these options:

I’ve cleared up some disk space and am about to start the arduous process rebuilding my list of 200+ feeds. I’m not looking forward to this at all.

Update: So immediately after posting this, I looked in ~/Library/Application Support/NetNewsWire/ and there is a Backups directory! I found the newest one that wasn’t hosed (yesterday) and swapped it out with the main Subscriptions.plist file.

Good News: Many of my feeds are there. Bad News: Some are missing, my Groups are gone, and it includes some feeds I deleted. In the end, its a good start to rebuilding.

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