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The HSQLDB user guide for version 1.8 (which is what is used in all LO versions) is available at: Scroll down to section 5.2. It should be answer your questions. The AutoRecovery is found: Tools > Options > Load/Save > General. Look in the Save section for settings for backups and AutoRecovery. I have not used MS Word since I used Win 98SE in the 90's so I do not know. (I have used Linux for more than ten years.) CHECKPOINT DEFRAG might be a good command to use to reduce the size of the database. Another command that you could use when you finish working with Base: SHUTDOWN COMPACT. The user guide explains what this will do. But only use it when you are ready to close Base. Then use Tools > SQL and enter SHUTDOWN COMPACT; in the Command to execute box. The semi-colon is required at the end of the command. After executing this command successfully, close Base. If your database is somewhat bloated, this will reduce its size. I found this in an email I received earlier, perhaps from this mailing list: - hsqldb embedded databases will now systematically be subjected to a "checkpoint" and/or "checkpoint defrag" on saving of the database file. The aim with this change is to force hsqldb to optimize the size of the db, especially where frequent deletions of data sets are carried out. With a bit of luck, it might actually bring long-term benefits like increased data security and stability (he says, crossing fingers). There may well be a performance hit when closing the ODB file, especially on big databases, but the developer who implemented this change feels that people who want to manipulate large datasets should be using something a bit more appropriate than an embedded hsqldb... The date on the above email was a couple of weeks ago. So, this statement likely does not apply to LO


On 01/20/2013 10:04 PM, Hank Alper wrote:
Hi Dan,
Thanks for your quick response. I"m using LO version3.6.4.3 Build ID :2ef5aff on a Windows 7 Pro machine. My machine's processor is an Intel i7-2600K with 8Gig of memory and 1TB hard drive. I use periodic backups to another machine on my network. As for AutoRecovery, whenever there is a catastrophic failure Base auitomatically tries to recover my database file on the next start-up. Is that what you're referring to.? If not, I was unaware that Base has such a feature.Is it similar to that used In MS Word? As for CHECKPOINT, I have not used that SQL command. When would it be appropriate to use it? As for CHECKPOINT DEFRAG, when should that be used. That might be useful as Base is getting much less responsive, seems bloated.. The size of my database file is about 360 KB.

On Sun, Jan 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM, Dan Lewis < <>> wrote:

    On 01/20/2013 04:31 PM, Hank Alper wrote:

        I've invested a considerable amount of time in constructing
        tables, forms
        and queries for a project of mine. I successfully produced 3
        nice reports
        using Report Builder. Now, I'm starting to observe strange
        behavior in
        Base. Queries and Reports I've prepared days earlier suddenly
        after I've used them in Report Builder to prepare or edit a
        Report. As an
        example, I've just used Report Builder to design a report,
        saved my work
        and closed the file. I then ran the report in the viewer and
        it was fine,
        but needed minor tweaking.I closed the viewer and then right
        clicked on the
        icon for my report in order to continue editing. LO closed
        down! When I
        restarted, LO blithely announced it was recovering my
        database. It did, but
        the new Report and the modifications to a query I made in this
        session were
        gone. I think* most* of this behavior is due to Report
        Builder. Has anyone

        else observed this type of behavior before ?.

         We need some basic information. What version of LibreOffice
    are you using? What operating system do you use? Do you use
    backups or AutoRecovery? Have you ever used CHECKPOINT as a SOL
    command? It closes the database files, rewrites the script file,
    deletes the log file and opens the database. If CHECKPOINT DEFRAG
    is specified, this command also shrinks the .data file to its
    minimal size.


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