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From Benoit Chesneau <>
Subject Re: dropping revision records
Date Thu, 06 Sep 2012 19:46:25 GMT
On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 4:18 PM, Tim Tisdall <> wrote:
> I had a database of about 10.8gb with almost 15 million records which
> was fully compacted.  I had to back it up by dumping all the JSON and
> then restoring it by inserting it back in.  After it was done and I
> compacted it the database was now only 8.8gb!  I shed 2gb because of
> dropping the revision stubs still in the database.  This is likely
> because each record had about 6 revisions (so around 90 million
> stubs).  All of this is understandable, but 2gb isn't really
> negligible when running on a virtualized instance of 35gb.  The
> problem, though, is the method I used to dump to JSON and place it
> back into couchdb took almost 12hrs!
> Is there a way to drop all of the revision stubs and reset the
> document's revision tags back to "1-" values?  I know this would
> completely break any kind of replication, but in this instance I am
> not doing any.

It would break more than the replication. Compacting your database is
the solution.

- benoƮt

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