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From Jason Smith <>
Subject Re: Purging documents and view invalidation
Date Fri, 05 Jul 2013 08:17:25 GMT
Hi, Paul. I wrote up some thoughts on purging here:

Note, that procedure is untested. It works as a thought experiment only.

The procedure looks complicated, but all you will need is the core purge,
view, purge, view, etc. cadence as described in Damien's email I linked to.
As long as you never purge twice before hitting the view, you are fine.
Again, to my knowledge, the purge code is less well tested than other parts
of CouchDB, so perhaps copy your .couch file and try with that until you
are confident.

On Fri, Jul 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM, Paul Hirst <> wrote:

> I would like to purge a few (~100 million) documents from my database.
> I've been going through deleting them all, and that'll be complete in the
> next few days but I would like to free up some extra space by purging them
> also.
> My concern is around a comment on the wiki page here
> 'If you have purged more than one document between querying your views,
> you will find that they will rebuild from scratch.'
> Since I have already deleted the documents I know they aren't showing up
> in the view any longer. Is there any way I can avoid this view
> invalidation? (My views take about 10 days to build from scratch so I can't
> afford the hit).
> I have a replica of the database. I could do the purge on the replica,
> wait for the view to rebuild, switch over, purge on the original db, wait
> for the view, switch back, unless there are any obvious problems with this
> approach?
> Cheers,
> Paul
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