there is ./back directory in my public_html directory of Do I need it? Inside there is .back/app/Mage.php which is still old 1.8 version. Besides, the /back directory contains bunch of magento package files like skin, shell, app, media, defaults etc. I don't remember how this directory got there. Can I just delete the /back and everything inside? Is it just a simple worthless duplicate? Or does it carry any function? It bothers me because it's contains still some old insecure 1.8 version files. Thank you, Maks

  • btw, the dates the files in the /back were modified last time range from a few months ago to few years ago. I feel like its Ok to delete everything but would like someone confirm that. Thanks
    – Maks R
    Jul 15, 2017 at 20:38

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There is no folder named back in the Magento CE 1.x release code root folder.

Sounds like this is a backup folder manually made by someone. It is safe to delete it.

I would keep a copy of it somewhere just in case.

  • Just did. thank you!
    – Maks R
    Jul 15, 2017 at 20:55
  • @MaksR I would see what it contains, if indeed there are backups. Check permissions and make sure the folder is not visible/accessible to public.
    – Icon
    Jul 15, 2017 at 21:01
  • Some of them did have 644 permissions. What are the permissions that would block access to public? 666? Thanks
    – Maks R
    Jul 15, 2017 at 21:23

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