The disk usage on our Bamboo Agents has grown considerably. What I want to know is if it is safe to periodically completely delete the build-dir on the Bamboo agents to free up space. Like every 2 weeks just completely delete the entire directory.
I imagine this should be fine as all the necessary information is sent back to the main Bamboo server correct?
If the agent isn't currently using the directory, then yes it is safe to remove the entire contents but that may not really solve your issue. Unless you are shuffling through branches and wait for Bamboo to expire them (no more activity but branch is still in VCS) you are likely to fill up the same space when normal activity resumes and things begin to build again. We've bit the bullet of time and just have it clean the working directory after each use.
Part of the issue is that Bamboo doesn't in fact clean up Branch Plans and will leave them hanging around taking up disk space on the agents. I don't really want to waste time having to check to see if the branch plans still exist as if they do Bamboo will just recreate them.
Be careful - the git cache is also in that directory. If you want to do so, I would schedule downtime for the instance to allow the cache to not be impacted.
I personally have created scripts to clean in the .m2/agentid folder and have periodically deleted target directories within build-dir folders based on age of their contents.
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