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From Nils Breunese <>
Subject Re: Inability to back up and restore properly
Date Tue, 07 Apr 2009 14:42:47 GMT
Jeff Hinrichs - DM&T wrote:

> What is the proper way to backup and restore a couchdb?  I mean a real
> proper dump/load cycle.
> couchdb doesn't provide a way to do a proper dump/reload cycle which 
> leaves
> us to try and write our own.  However, if you dump a document like
> {'_id':'foo',''_rev':'2-xyz',...}
> There is not a single way that I can find to load an empty database and
> recreate that same record.  If you put the
> {'_id':'foo',''_rev':'2-xyz',...}, you get
> {'_id':'foo',''_rev':'3-mno',...},  which is not the same as
> {'_id':'foo',''_rev':'2-xyz',...}.
> In some use cases it is necessary to be able to restore data to the way it
> was at a point in time.  Sometimes for logic reasons, some times for error
> recovery and debugging and some times for legal reasons.  The 
> seemingly only
> way possible to do that is to bring up another couchdb instance and
> replicate to it.  However, that is a bit problematic for normal long term
> storage methodologies.
> What is the API I should be using?   If no such api exists, is it an
> oversight or just a matter of resources?  There should be a way to 
> load data
> into couch and have couchdb just accept it, keeping the _rev information
> that is passed.  I am not proposing to change the mode of operation, 
> but to
> create a new one.  Even better would be to have couchdb do a 
> /database/_dump
> that streams out documents and a post /database/_load with the posted file
> from the /database/_dump.
> so that you have some couchdb database foo in state 'A', you dump, then
> create database bar, and load the dump from foo and when the process is
> finished, a replication from foo state 'A' to bar results in
> {"start_time":"Tue, 07 Apr 2009 03:02:16 GMT","end_time":"Tue, 07 Apr 2009
> 03:02:16
> GMT","start_last_seq":0,"end_last_seq":100,"missing_checked":100,"missing_found":0,"docs_read":0,"docs_written":0,"doc_write_failures":0}

AFAIK you can just copy (or rsync) the database files, even with CouchDB 

Nils Breunese.

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