Just be careful you don't have any code that uses relative record numbers.
One of my clients suffers from this. It's not the application software that
has a problem, but the way their DataMirror software is set up to extract
information to ancillary applications on other platforms.

Every time the subject of housekeeping is broached, the lady in charge of
DataMirror whines that she would have to reload her databases as a result.
Of course, she can't/won't provide any information regarding reload times.

Paul Nelson
Cell 708-670-6978
Office 409-267-4027

-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Chris
Sent: Monday, June 30, 2014 10:08 AM
To: 'Midrange Systems Technical Discussion'
Subject: RE: impact of deleted records

The data management can handle files with many more deleted records than
live records but it is not the best practice.

For random indexed access, not much of a performance hit, but any sequential
processing will be affected. All those deleted records are skipped through.
You application does not see them but the DB manager reads through the dead

First thing to do is change the file to REUSEDLT(*YES). This will stop the
file from growing and it will start filling in the deleted space.


I like to have a program that runs at startup of the system that performs
maintenance. You make sure the program is owned by QSECOFR and runs under
*OWNER profile. This program can have both the CHGPF FILE(LIB/FILE)

This will purge the deleted records from the file and help with sequential
processing performance. It will also release a lot of storage being used to
hold all of the deleted records.

With 74 million active records, this will take a while to run and re-index.
Depending on your hardware, it can be a couple of hours, to only a few

Chris Bipes
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On 2014-06-29, at 5:34 PM, Peter Connell <Peter.Connell@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Huge file of 74 million rcds has 301 million deleted records and several
logical files.
Can data management really handle this with little performance impact if
there are regular additions/deletions?

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