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Database size

I just wanted to check and see if our database size is indicative of a problem. We have just under 12,000 items in our database, and the MySQL database is approaching 5GB. Does that sound right?
The reason I ask is because our web host,, took the database down last week, saying it violated their policy. This took me by surprise, since their policy is, apparently (per the page they directed me to - I'd never heard/seen anything about this), that MySQL databases must be under 200 MB! This struck me as insane, because even our small drupal sites have databases in excess of 200 MB, and heaven knows our CollectiveAccess database has been more than 200 MB for YEARS (on the same host). We've since moved our installation to a VPS with additional storage. 


  • To give you some data for comparison, we have a CA installation with the following (these numbers were gathered from the dashboard widget):
    • 128674 objects, 
    • 75965 entities,
    • 661 places, 
    • 2289 occurrences, 
    • 37523 collections, 
    • and 5677 object representations.
    Our database is around 10 GB, in wich 9,7 are from the "ca_sql_search_word_index" table. 
    Maybe our search_indexing.conf settings are a little overkill...
  • When there are many entries in your system it might make sense to use ElasticSearch for indexing rather than SqlSearch.
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