Request for Enhanced Deletion Functionality in Backup Utility


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Sep 16, 2014
I am writing to request a feature enhancement to the web interface's built-in backup utility. As it stands, the utility allows for deletion of one backup at a time, which can be time-consuming when managing large numbers of backups. Furthermore, the current design does not maintain scroll position after each deletion, requiring users to re-navigate to the desired location in the backup list after every single deletion, which is particularly problematic when dealing with backups at the end of a long list.

I propose the addition of multi-select functionality for deletion. This could be achieved in several common ways:
  • Control-click (Ctrl+Click): This would allow users to select multiple non-consecutive backups for deletion by holding down the control key and clicking on each desired backup.
  • Shift and Arrow Keys: This would enable users to select multiple consecutive backups for deletion by holding down the shift key and using the up or down arrow keys to extend the selection range.
Additionally, maintaining the scroll position after each deletion would greatly improve the user experience, especially when managing numerous backups.

These features would greatly improve the efficiency and usability of the backup utility, making backup management faster and easier. I believe many users would benefit from this functionality, and I hope you'll consider implementing it.

Thank you for considering this request.
most people solve this by (automatically, or manually) pruning the backups ;)

some sort of batch action might still be nice, would you mind filing an enhancement request at ?
most people solve this by (automatically, or manually) pruning the backups ;)
But I for example got different namespaces for automatic and manual backups and I don't want the manual backups to be automatically pruned at all, so a "keep-all" is set there and it is really a bit of a pain to clean up old manual backups every couple of months. And because of ransomware protection other PBSs will pull these backups without the "removed vanished" enabled, so I need to manually delete the same backup snapshots on multiple PBS...

Some bulk actions would be really useful. I also though we already discussed this and there was a feature request in the bug tracker, but I wasn't able to find it.
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