How-to: clean up the translog from a certain point in time

How to clean up the translog from a certain point in time


  1. UCS 4.4

Note 1: If you only want to reduce the database and you want to keep the last x entries check this article.
Note 2: I assume to clean everything in transog before 1st of January 2021.

Get TID of the certain point in time and clean the translog database.

Step 1: Get the last TID of the timewindow, we want to delete out of the translog

root@dc0:~# ldapsearch -x -H ldapi:// -LLL -b cn=translog '(&(reqStart<=20210101000000Z)(reqStart>=20201201000000Z))' reqSession |tail -n 2
reqSession: 122933

Please adjust the reqStart timestamps to your needs!

My last TID in 2020 was 122933

Step 2 Check the last entry to delete

root@dc0:~ # ldapsearch -x -H ldapi:// -LLL -b reqSession=122933,cn=translog createTimestamp
dn: reqSession=122933,cn=translog
createTimestamp: 20201225203654Z

Step 3 Check the first entry to keep

root@dc0:~ # ldapsearch -x -H ldapi:// -LLL -b reqSession=122934,cn=translog createTimestamp
dn: reqSession=122934,cn=translog
createTimestamp: 20210104000805Z

Step 4 Clean up

root@dc0:~ # /usr/share/univention-directory-notifier/univention-translog -v prune 122933
2021-11-15 08:43:30,238:INFO:Index of size 1546064 contains 171784 entries
2021-11-15 08:43:30,245:INFO:Purging/keeping 1..122933..171783
2021-11-15 08:43:30,648:INFO:Removing /var/lib/univention-ldap/notify/transaction.index ...
2021-11-15 08:43:30,674:INFO:INFO:Deleted reqSession=1,cn=translog
2021-11-15 08:43:30,674:INFO:Deleted reqSession=2,cn=translog
2021-11-15 08:47:36,335:INFO:Deleted reqSession=122931,cn=translog
2021-11-15 08:47:36,335:INFO:Deleted reqSession=122932,cn=translog

Step 5 (optional) Clean up free pages

Warning: This step will potentially lead into a long downtime of slapd (depending on the size of your translog at least 30 mins), so should be done in a maintenance window

Optionally, after that the free pages can be cleaned up. But technically that’s not required and the necessity should be considered in relation to downtime. Anyway these would be the steps:

root@ucs:~# mkdir /var/lib/univention-ldap/translog-new
root@ucs:~# systemctl stop univention-directory-notifier.service
root@ucs:~# systemctl stop slapd.service
root@ucs:~# mdb_copy -c /var/lib/univention-ldap/translog /var/lib/univention-ldap/translog-new
root@ucs:~# mv /var/lib/univention-ldap/translog /var/lib/univention-ldap/translog-old
root@ucs:~# mv /var/lib/univention-ldap/translog-new /var/lib/univention-ldap/translog
root@ucs:~# systemctl start slapd.service
root@ucs:~# systemctl start univention-directory-notifier.service

Recheck with nagios the space is freed

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