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Running Domino 8.5.3 and have found one of my databases has never purged any deletion stubs. I have checked the following:

  • Updall is set to run in ini file at 2am.
  • No errors when Updall runs.
  • Remove documents not modified not modified in last days is set to 90. I have changed this number of days and re run updall. No purging.
  • I have checked the stubs using ScanEzi - they date back to 2005.
  • I have run a fixup, compact and updall.
  • Using ScanEZ I can see that the purge interval is set correctly, and that they documents should have deleted -2000 days ago (lol).
  • The issue appears to be server wide. Not just the main application, but also names.nsf and other custom apps.

Does anyone have any ideas?

  • Can you check all available date- time- values in your database? Created, Replication History, Activity- Log, ACL- Log, Created / Modified in your documents, Cutoff- date for replication? This sounds like a "time- creep": It might be, that your servers' date was set to a date in the future (even if it was for one minute)... This can cause such strange behaviour... – Torsten Link Nov 19 '15 at 12:45
  • Hi @TorstenLink - I have checked these, no future dates (have also checked admin4). what I find so strange is that it is across the whole server. I will test the other servers in the domain on the weekend to see if they are clearing out from there. I have confirmed that they are not deleting from this server, rather than deleting and replicating back in. – SydxPages Nov 19 '15 at 21:26
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Just to give you an idea what I saw on a Server some time ago. The replication cut of date (under Replication Settings) wasn´t correct and additional to that another server do not have the proper rights in order to replicate.

So here is how I fixed that:

  • Removed any replica on all servers, so that I have only one (I copied the old one just in case locally to a non domino folder)
  • Then I fixed the ACL and make sure its ok
  • Then I fixed all the other settings like the cut off date and and and

Once I´m happy with the result I created new replicas on the other servers.

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