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Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 3:51 pm
I have been using MM for a couple of years now, and it is an unsurpassed product in my opinion. But I have never been sure exactly what compacting the database entails - what is actually taking place when the database gets compacted? How does the database gradually get de-compacted? And how often should I do the compacting?
Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 4:15 pm
My understanding is thus:
as records/data is changed/removed, the database becomes larger but never gets smaller...
compacting the database is akin to defragmenting a hardrive;
- a new database file is regenerated without the empty spaces of old removed data, thus reducing the space
- indexes/tables rebuilt and/or verified for consistency etc
- probly other stuff I forgot or don't know
Posted: Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:11 pm
It's a MS Access issue where many changes lead to an inefficient database. Regular compacting should help speed things up.
I don't know how this works in MediaMonkey 3 with SQLite as it's file database that get's loaded in instead of a database on it's own (as far as I understand).