Compacting Databases Via Operating System

We have a heavily used application which is also available on the web making it
hard to keep everyone out of the application when you need to compact the
database (Roll on R5). You can however compact a database using the ncompact
commmand with the notes server task shut down. On Windows NT run a command
window and go to the winnt directory (or wherever the notes.ini resides) type
the command ncompact.exe &LTdatabase path and name> and press return. You can
also add switches to the command such as -m switch which I have used to
increase the database to the maximum quota size of 4Gb. Don't use quotes when
typing the command Eg: ncompact.exe doc/log.nsf -m

Monitor the progress of the compaction by opening explorer and watching the
.tmp file that the compact process creates. When finished the .tmp file becomes
the database and the original .nsf is deleted.

This was first published in November 2000

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