SOLVED File Filters on the WHM scheduled backups (for *error.log, */backup*.tar.gz…)


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Sep 4, 2017
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Root Administrator
Hello all,

We are several people here getting this kind of cPanel Alerts the nights when cPanel scheduled backups are running simultaneously compress and transport the archives on Amazon S3 :
[server.hostname] DISKWARN blocks : Mount Point “/” (123.456.789.10): 616.12 GB/879.11 GB - 75.16%
The filesystem “/” mounted at “/” reached “warn” status because you currently use 75.16% of its available blocks.
For my part, I get it on a weekly basis, because I've chosen Acronis for daily backup and WHM/S3 for weekly backups.

One solution to avoid the Disk Usage overload and these cPanel Alerts during WHM Backups could be…

1 - Sequential compression and transportation of the backups to S3.

1. compression (1 account)
2. transportation (1 account)
3. deletion of the local file of the account
…then, next cPanel account ! (again, and so on…)

I am pretty sure I already seen a cPanel Feature Request for Sequential Backups, but I cannot find it anymore.

Can someone remind me where can I vote for this feature ?

2 - Another very smart solution to lighten my weekly WHM => S3 Backups would be the File Filters !

It would be very nice to have the ability to exclude certain files form the cPanel Account Backups :

For example, I want to filter :
- the error.log files (could be huge)
- the local backup files */backup*.tar.gz (could be very old, we do not need to backup the backups)

Other Backup Softwares offer that kind of useful file filters (see the image attached below).


I wonder if there is a way in cPanel, with Command Lines and/or with a cPanel Config Files, to set these kind of file filters to exclude some unwanted files from the backups. I hope so ! :)

It would be very appreciate if you guys from the cPanel team could give us an official answer.

Merry Christmas and Happy new year!

Thanks in advance!


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Feb 4, 2006
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