Backups failing for non-existing VMs


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Jun 15, 2023
Hi guys.

I have observed that when deleting VMs through the GUI while having backups scheduled, the VM ID is not automatically removed from the backup job in /etc/pve/jobs.cfg. Consequently, backup failure reports are generated for these non-existent VMs. Although manually removing the entries from /etc/pve/jobs.cfg resolves the issue, it can be a repetitive and unnecessary administrative task. I would appreciate it if you could provide any workarounds or solutions to address this problem and streamline the process, reducing the need for additional administrative work.

When deleting the VM / CT there is a checkbox: 'Purge from job configurations'. That should remove the VM / CT from replication, HA and backup jobs.
When deleting the VMs, these options were selected, and it's possible that a timeout issue occurred on our side. I will closely monitor the situation and inform you promptly if this issue happens again.
what's the output of pveversion -v? There was an issue at some point where removal didn't work, but has been fixed for a while now.
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Below is the output of the pveversion -v command for your reference:

proxmox-ve: 7.3-1 (running kernel: 5.15.74-1-pve)
pve-manager: 7.3-3 (running version: 7.3-3/c3928077)
pve-kernel-helper: 7.3-1
pve-kernel-5.15: 7.2-14
pve-kernel-5.11: 7.0-10
pve-kernel-5.15.74-1-pve: 5.15.74-1
pve-kernel-5.11.22-7-pve: 5.11.22-12
pve-kernel-5.11.22-1-pve: 5.11.22-2
ceph-fuse: 15.2.13-pve1
corosync: 3.1.7-pve1
criu: 3.15-1+pve-1
glusterfs-client: 9.2-1
ifupdown2: 3.1.0-1+pmx3
ksm-control-daemon: 1.4-1
libjs-extjs: 7.0.0-1
libknet1: 1.24-pve2
libproxmox-acme-perl: 1.4.3
libproxmox-backup-qemu0: 1.3.1-1
libpve-access-control: 7.2-5
libpve-apiclient-perl: 3.2-1
libpve-common-perl: 7.3-1
libpve-guest-common-perl: 4.2-3
libpve-http-server-perl: 4.1-5
libpve-storage-perl: 7.3-1
libspice-server1: 0.14.3-2.1
lvm2: 2.03.11-2.1
lxc-pve: 5.0.0-3
lxcfs: 4.0.12-pve1
novnc-pve: 1.3.0-3
proxmox-backup-client: 2.3.1-1
proxmox-backup-file-restore: 2.3.1-1
proxmox-mini-journalreader: 1.3-1
proxmox-offline-mirror-helper: 0.5.0-1
proxmox-widget-toolkit: 3.5.3
pve-cluster: 7.3-1
pve-container: 4.4-2
pve-docs: 7.3-1
pve-edk2-firmware: 3.20220526-1
pve-firewall: 4.2-7
pve-firmware: 3.6-1
pve-ha-manager: 3.5.1
pve-i18n: 2.8-1
pve-qemu-kvm: 7.1.0-4
pve-xtermjs: 4.16.0-1
qemu-server: 7.3-1
smartmontools: 7.2-pve3
spiceterm: 3.2-2
swtpm: 0.8.0~bpo11+2
vncterm: 1.7-1
zfsutils-linux: 2.1.6-pve1
That version should include the fix. Can you reproduce the issue with a dummy VM? Still, upgrading to the latest version is always recommended.


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