folderwatcher.db large

Last post 02-21-2020, 10:54 PM by Anthony.Hodges. 2 replies.
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  • folderwatcher.db large
    Posted: 02-20-2020, 11:07 AM


    a customer ask what he can do to shrink the folderwatcher.db, because it's size is 20 GB and much bigger then on other Fileservers. Maybe this is a bug (V11 SP18.5)?

    The Documentation describes only what is logged but no way to minimize that, only a additional setting to disable the feature.


    File activities on the client computer are checked every 5 minutes and any abnormal activity is reported to the administrator by an alert and event. For the first 7 days, the client computer is monitored and analyzed for day to day activity. After 7 days, a base line of file activities is established and alerts and events are sent to the administrator when a large number of abnormal file activities are detected.

    Up to 30 days of file activities are maintained in a database (Folderwatcher.db) on the client computer for use by the monitoring algorithm.

    Thanks for some information.

  • Re: folderwatcher.db large
    Posted: 02-21-2020, 1:30 PM

    Hi Christo,

    that file should only contain the last 30 days. You can remove it and allow it to re-create itself. I suspect that it will only grow back to match the sizes of your other fileservers.

    Gary Seibak
    Technical Account Manager - Commvault
  • Re: folderwatcher.db large
    Posted: 02-21-2020, 10:54 PM

    If you are curious what is causing it to fill, then you can take a copy the folderwatcher.db file and open it using a SQLite reader.  Also the frequency of the checks are tunable, and support can help you with this.

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