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How Toy Story 2 Almost Got Deleted

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This is the sequence of events that led to Pixar nearly losing Toy Story 2 as told by and Supervising Technical Director Galyn Susman and Associate Technical Director Oren Jacob:

•    On UNIX and LINUX machines there is a command “RM*” that removes everything on the file system as fast as it can. This is the type of system that Toy Story 2 was being created on.
•    Someone ran that command where all of the Toy Story 2 files were kept and things started disappearing.
•    Even after Oren’s call down to the Systems team, nearly everything was erased on their primary system in about 20 seconds.
•    According to Galyn, if 20-30 people working for a solid year, they wouldn’t be able to re-create all the work that had been lost.
•    They had “back-ups” but found out that they had failed for the past month and they were, in actuality, non-existent.
•    However, since Galyn was often taking care of her children at home, she kept a copy of the film at her house so she could occasionally work on it there.
•    When they carefully transported her computer from her house back to Pixar, the entire film was intact and as it had been before the “RM*” command was run.

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