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From Ian Hobson <>
Subject Re: Using the API to tell if a compact has been done
Date Mon, 24 Jan 2011 20:00:02 GMT
On 24/01/2011 17:49, Wayne Conrad wrote:
> I've subscribed again, from another email address, because the list 
> decided that my first subscribtion was a eeeeevil spammer.  I hope 
> that's OK.  Anyhow...
> I've written a cron job that periodically compacts all databases on 
> all servers, but it needs an automated test, and an automated test 
> needs a way to know that compaction happend (or, at least, was 
> triggered).  Other than seeing the file size change, is there anything 
> I can do from the API that will show that my cron job caused 
> compaction to happen?
Hi Wayne,

If you can create the database you are to compact, then you can use the 
rev=??? parameter.

Set up the database, and note the rev of a document  (= oldrev)
Update the document (creating _rev=newrev). oldrev is now on disk, but 
not normally available.

Read the old version using the rev=oldrev parameter.

Trigger the compaction and wait for it to finish (A 1 record database 
won't take long to compact :) )

Read the old record again. This time it won't be found if the compaction 
has run.




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