We are running out of space in our master database. Can I delete records from the syslogs table or is there a way to expand the master database?
The master database has a mixed data and log on the master device, when it is created. The transaction log is the syslogs table you are referring to, as shown in the example below:
- sp_helpdb master
name db_size owner dbid created status master 100.0 MB sa 1 Jan 15, 2006 mixed log and data
(1 row affected)
device_fragments size usage created free kbytes master 52.0 MB data and log Jan 15 2006 1:53AM 36912 master 48.0 MB data and log Jan 15 2006 1:53AM 48960
Syslogs is not a normal table. To get rid of an unwanted transaction in the master database, you can do the following:
dump transaction master with truncate_only
Alternately, you can increase the size of the master database on master device if you have free space in master device:
- sp_helpdevice master
go device_name physical_name description
master /data2/lon_gen_sql_tst4/master.dat special dsync on directio off default disk physical disk 256.00 MB Free: 120.00 MB
So, in the above example, I have 120MB free on the master device. If I want to expand the master database on the master device by 10MB, I can simply do the following:
- alter database master on master = 10
Extending database by 1280 pages (10.0 megabytes) on disk master
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