High Performance Storage System (HPSS) users have until September 30 to prevent the permanent deletion of any abandoned files that they want to keep.
CISL has permitted a considerable grace period with respect to deletion since the transition to HPSS as we have worked to refine the processes and communication about orphaned files. Starting September 30, CISL will continue to follow the published Use and storage policies and remove abandoned files quarterly to ensure the most efficient use of the system.
HPSS files are considered orphaned when they are no longer associated with an active user and project. Files are sometimes orphaned when a project expires or is otherwise closed, and sometimes when a user leaves or is removed from a project.
Files become abandoned eight months after they were orphaned and the user has received four notifications without resolving the situation. Four months after becoming abandoned, CISL policy permits us to delete those files.
To see if you have orphaned files in HPSS, check the table on this documentation page or log into Yellowstone and run the myorphans command. You can delete orphaned files yourself if you no longer want them, or change their project code to one that is active. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have large numbers of files to update or want to consider other options for preserving the files.