Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Delete all records from a riak database

Note: Applies to riak 1.2.1 installed on Ubuntu Server 12.04 LT (hosted in Amazon EC2)

The riak API allows to delete a bucket only if its content is empty. Sometimes (if you are performing various performance tests over the database, for example) the contained data is not important, so a script or program iterating through all the buckets and deleting all the content in a bucket is very time consuming.

A most convenient solution is to delete the directories holding the data on the riak server. In order to do this, follow the steps below:

1. Stop the riak server

sudo service riak stop

2. Change directory to the riak data

cd /var/lib/riak/bitcask
sudo rm -r *

cd /var/lib/riak/kv_nodes
sudo rm -r *

3. Restart riak service

sudo service riak start

After these steps, the database is empty and riak is up and running.

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