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From Dave Cottlehuber <>
Subject Re: Faster one-time replication doing file-system copy?
Date Tue, 18 Mar 2014 11:17:36 GMT
Hey Daniel,

copying is fine. But you *will* need to restart couchdb if you pull
the rug out from under its feet, aka change the file it may have
cached data from.

If you can I strongly recommend using something like zfs or btrfs to
make switching back to snapshots super easy. It's a blast!


On 18 March 2014 12:13, Daniel Gonzalez <> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have two local couchdbs instances (running on different ports): one
> master-instance and one testing-instance. Master is a local-copy of my real
> data in the production servers, arriving via replication, but otherwise I
> do not use it for anything: it is just a local copy that I am using as
> check-point to recreate the local testing databases.
> Both have the  same data, but I am doing testing on the testing-instance,
> so sometimes I want to "reset" the testing-instance to the state of the
> master-instance (which, as said, is a copy of the real production data)
> BTW, I am using this intermediate master instance because this way I have
> always a copy of the production data available; this means that even when I
> have no network available, I can reset the testing instance: only the most
> recent changes to the production data which could not be replicated because
> of the non-existing network connection are missing, and I can live with
> that.
> I can recreate the testing instance by replicating master -> testing, but
> since some of the databases are very big, view recalculation takes hours. I
> am trying to implement a faster method by doing:
> 1. Stop master and testing instances
> 2. Copy all databases / design documents / views from master to instance
> 3. Restart master and instance
> My question is simply: what are the consequences of recreating databases by
> doing a filesystem copy? Is this going to be accepted by couchdb, or is it
> mandatory to enter the data via replication / REST?
> Thanks and regards,
> Daniel Gonzalez

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