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Fixed #6456 - Excised FileField file deletion to avoid data loss. Tha…

…nks to durdinator for the report.

git-svn-id: bcc190cf-cafb-0310-a4f2-bffc1f526a37
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1 parent 80287f1 commit 00e7a571c5737c69bc225ae39d3dca6d0fbfd072 @carljm carljm committed Jan 26, 2011
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  1. +0 −13 django/db/models/fields/
  2. +14 −0 docs/releases/1.3.txt
  3. +2 −3 tests/modeltests/files/
13 django/db/models/fields/
@@ -258,19 +258,6 @@ def pre_save(self, model_instance, add):
def contribute_to_class(self, cls, name):
super(FileField, self).contribute_to_class(cls, name)
setattr(cls,, self.descriptor_class(self))
- signals.post_delete.connect(self.delete_file, sender=cls)
- def delete_file(self, instance, sender, **kwargs):
- file = getattr(instance, self.attname)
- # If no other object of this type references the file,
- # and it's not the default value for future objects,
- # delete it from the backend.
- if file and != self.default and \
- not sender._default_manager.filter(**{}):
- file.delete(save=False)
- elif file:
- # Otherwise, just close the file, so it doesn't tie up resources.
- file.close()
def get_directory_name(self):
return os.path.normpath(force_unicode(
14 docs/releases/1.3.txt
@@ -261,6 +261,20 @@ requests. These include:
Backwards-incompatible changes in 1.3
+FileField no longer deletes files
+In earlier Django versions, when a model instance containing a
+:class:`~django.db.models.FileField` was deleted,
+:class:`~django.db.models.FileField` took it upon itself to also delete the
+file from the backend storage. This opened the door to several data-loss
+scenarios, including rolled-back transactions and fields on different models
+referencing the same file. In Django 1.3, :class:`~django.db.models.FileField`
+will never delete files from the backend storage. If you need cleanup of
+orphaned files, you'll need to handle it yourself (for instance, with a custom
+management command that can be run manually or scheduled to run periodically
+via e.g. cron).
PasswordInput default rendering behavior
5 tests/modeltests/files/
@@ -61,11 +61,10 @@ def test_files(self):
cache.set("obj2", obj2)
self.assertEqual(cache.get("obj2"), "tests/django_test_1.txt")
- # Deleting an object deletes the file it uses, if there are no other
- # objects still using that file.
+ # Deleting an object does not delete the file it uses.
obj2.delete()"django_test.txt", ContentFile("more content"))
- self.assertEqual(, "tests/django_test_1.txt")
+ self.assertEqual(, "tests/django_test_2.txt")
# Multiple files with the same name get _N appended to them.
objs = [Storage() for i in range(3)]

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