CHAPTER 14

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Database Maintenance

“Sometimes,” he added, “there is no harm in putting off a piece of work until another day. But when it is a matter of baobabs, that always means a catastrophe. I knew a planet that was inhabited by a lazy man. He neglected three little bushes …”

—The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

In my first job as a database administrator, working for a Fortune 100 company, I managed only three databases, each no more than 100MB in size, and had ample time for database maintenance. I performed regular database-maintenance procedures to keep the databases in peak operating condition, included data archiving and purging ...

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