I need to delete a specific .docx that a user posted with sensitive information as soon as possible. Please help!
Sorry for not including more details in my OP, I was a bit panicked. Here’s a bit more background.
The file was originally published in a post I have since deleted. The link to the file in that post was something like like this: https://example.com/uploads/short-url/3_FILE_ID.docx
I assumed that the file would be somewhere in
/shared/standalone/uploads/default, but I haven’t been able to find it through this:
find . | grep "3_FILE_ID.docx"
So that’s where I’m stuck currently.
If it happened to me I’d start looking in the uploads folder.
csmubd2lcomau:~ admin$ /scripts/connect-to-server/sydney-10.8.0.1.sh ssh -R 52698:localhost:52698 ceiteach@email@example.com Last login: Tue Jun 18 16:15:05 2019 from 10.8.0.2 [ceiteach@sydney ~]$ sudo bash [root@sydney ceiteach]# cd /var/discourse/shared/standalone/uploads/default/o optimized/ original/ [root@sydney ceiteach]# cd /var/discourse/shared/standalone/uploads/default/original/1X/ [root@sydney 1X]# ls *.docx 2d7aced744661d422e1b66e02a12f1617acf13ed.docx e759a55a7284e4bc80f6be55a3013d4c49e8277b.docx [root@sydney 1X]# pwd /var/discourse/shared/standalone/uploads/default/original/1X
Maybe revoke read privileges … check the consequences of removing the file … and delete the post that the user made.
ls *.docx and check the contents of the files you find.
the file name might be a hash of the contents.
Thanks @csmu for the help, I found the file!
I’ll document what I ended up doing in case this is helpful for future travellers:
I navigated to the
I searched for the relevant filetype like this:
ls -Rl | grep ".docx"
(I was originally searching for files published in 2019 without noticing that for files created in the current year the
lflag replaces the year with the creation time.)
I looked at the list of files and found the one (there was only one in my case) that was posted today.
I downloaded the file to make sure, by using a command like this on my local machine:
scp servername:/var/discourse/shared/standalone/uploads/default/original/2X/1/FILE_ID.docx ~/Downloads
After I confirmed that it was the file I wanted, I just deleted it (
Glad you found it! If you need to do it again, If you still have the post that links the file, you can right click to get the path /filename rather than spelunking to find it.
The filename linked to in the post was different from the filename in the system. That’s what threw me off originally.
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