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I am trying to do a cross-platform (Sun -> Windows) dump and load of a Sybase ASE 15 database. The first time I tried, I got an error saying that the database needed to be in quiesced mode during the backup. What does this mean, and how do I achieve that?

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quiescing a database suspends updates to the database. Essentially making sure nothing happens to the data data while you're dumping or doing some other action.

Note: "hold_tag" can be any string you choose.

From isql (or whatever you use to connect to the db), just run (as sa, or equivalent)

quiesce database hold_tag hold database, database, etc

To resume operation run

quiesce database hold_tag release

In your case I would specify that you intend to do a dump

quiesce database hold_tag hold database for external dump

Also take a look at the docs here:

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Great- thanks for the help! – Mike Sickler Jul 23 '09 at 18:48
My pleasure, I hope it worked for you. – Mark Turner Jul 24 '09 at 7:10

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