Database (.nsf) has grown too large; use File New Replica to recreate your file with larger capacity.

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I have a Notes Replica which is 957 MB, but when I try to access it I get with v6.5.5 and v5.0.12: "Database (.nsf) has grown too large; Use File New Replica to recreate your file with large capacity.". Also Notes keeps performing consistency checks! Now I can use File New Replica, but that will not include any Documents which are not on the Server or not in any other Replicas - Right? I have tried running "NCOMPACT.EXE" which is supposed to sort this issue out, but that just returns: Performing consistency check Completed consistency check Database compact error: Database (.nsf) has grown too large; use File New Replica to recreate your file with larger capacity. Database (.nsf) has grown too large; use File New Replica to recreate your file with larger capacity. Do any of you have any ideas on how to get around this problem????

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Unfortunately, there’s no “getting around” this issue. Your database appears to have a 1 GB limit on it and you have hit it. It may have been created in an early ODS (ODS 20 had a 1 GB default limit, although you could choose to go as high a 4 GB), or deliberately created with a size limit. Whatever the reason, it has a 1 GB limit and you MUST make a new copy with a larger limit or you’re going to keep getting those messages. In addition, the database could become corrupted and completely unsalvageable if the B-Tree or on-disk structure corrupts, which often happens in these cases. Save yourself a lot of grief and just go ahead and fix it now. It doesn’t matter what you think it SHOULD be — you have to work with what IS.

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  • HenryKafeman
    Thanks, but I would like to be able to access the Database. I have tried "NCOMPACT" which should update to current ODS and also "NCOMPACT -M" which should update ODS 20 to 4 GB. Any other ideas to be able to access the Database? If I could access it, I could delete some content to make it smaller and also make sure that I have everyting I need in my other Replicas (which are ODS 41 or ODS 43)!
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  • Brooklynegg
    There is a command and option for increasing the largest allowable size for the database. I will look for it and let you know. Is this a mail database?
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  • HenryKafeman
    Yes this is a Mail Database and is probably ODS 20 or perhaps ODS 41.
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  • Brooklynegg
    I assume this is on the server. Try shutting down the server, running ncompact.exe -D -M from a command line prompt. The -D updates without any view indexes, which will save size as part of this emergency compact. It also does a copy style compact instead of compacting in place, which should help with corruption. The -M increases the size quota, as you already know. That's probably as much help as I can give. I don't have a ton of experience. If you have trouble with the syntax while running compact from the command line, let me know.
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  • HenryKafeman
    I am on a Client. The .NSF File happens to be located on a Mapped Drive, but as far as Notes is concerned it is a "Local" Replica on the Client. I did try copying the .NSF File to a local Drive but that made no difference when running NCOMPACT. I will try with the -D Switch and let you know tomorrow as it is 5:30pm UK Time now!
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  • Brooklynegg
    I think you are back to simply creating a new replica. I am sure you won't lose any documents. You can compare the number of documents between them. I can't remember these issues from the past. I reviewed several I have dealt with and can't find that they were that tough to handle. If you have already tried making a new replica and it fails for some reason, I would call IBM Support. In the past, I have been able to compact the database with success.
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  • SteveT101
    I've seen this method used to open an older ODS nsf: 1) Close your Notes Client. 2) Add "Skip_Fixup=1" at the beginning of your Notes Client notes.ini. 3) At a cmd prompt, type "ncompact.exe dbname.nsf -m -c -i". 4) Remove the notes.ini parameter. While I haven't had a need to use this, it was submitted as a client-side approach to allow opening the file.
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  • HenryKafeman
    "Skip_Fixup=1" does not help - NCompact still performs a Consistency Check and then reports that the Database is too large. I have tried this with Notes v6.5.5. IS it worth trying with v5.0.12 (or even v5.0.8)?
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  • HenryKafeman
    MAGIC! Skip_Fixup=1 works with v5.0.12! The Database ended up as 630MB from 957MB! It is working fine again although it has grown somewhat as a result of Replicating (not just due to incoming Emails) and is now at 642 MB. Also my New Replica has grown from 757MB (after compacting it) to 803 MB - I thought it was doing this uncontrollably even in between Replications (a few days ago I did see it get to 1.4GB or so before I stopped it and reverted to a saved copy!) but it seems okay at the moment! Do you have any knowledge/experience of Replica Databases growing for no apparent reason in this way - e.g. Why and how to stop/limit it???? Thanks for your Help.
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