[tahoe-dev] Deleting illegal stuff

James A. Donald jamesd at echeque.com
Mon Jul 26 03:26:09 UTC 2010

On 2010-07-25 12:32 AM, Jeffrey Schiller wrote:
> If the law enforcement agencies can provide you with the read-only
> capability that they have, then you can in fact remove the illegal contact
> from your storage server. Use the web interface on your tahoe node to view
> the read-only directory. Click the �More Info about this directory� link.
> This will give provide you with information about the directory. Among this
> information will be the �Storage Index� (example):
>      Storage Index: 3whyxcjiivw6rfksdkbqglw7ei
> This will be the filename of the �bucket� that is used to store the
> directory on your server. It will be under $(TAHOE_HOME)/storage/shares/ab
> where �ab� are the first two letters of the storage bucket name. So for my
> example above it would be in:
>     $(TAHOE_HOME)/storage/shares/3w/3whyxcjiivw6rfksdkbqglw7ei
> Just remove the �bucket� directory and the shares are gone.
> Note: This will not delete the contained files. However unless someone
> maintained a capability for each file (perhaps in another directory) then
> the files will be inaccessible. If you really want to get rid of them, then
> from the directory listing click the �More Info� for each file which will
> give you its storage index. Remove this just like you would the directory.
> Of course this only removes the content from your server. If there is a
> quorum of shares elsewhere, then the capability with both work and can be
> repaired, which will potentially replace shares on your server. So law
> enforcement will need to serve all of the storage server owners in the grid.
> But that isn't your problem (I think).

Of course, the practical implication of this is that even if everyone 
dutifully cooperates with law enforcement, they will find it quite a lot 
of work to remove illegal content.

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