Archive Content Cache Data

Applies to Collaborator 14.5, last modified on June 13, 2024

Collaborator stores the contents of files under review on the server. Over time, this cache will grow to be quite large, and will periodically need to be purged. When deleting a review, Collaborator deletes files that were uploaded for this review from the content storage as well (unless they are used in some other reviews).

The Archive section of the administrator interface allows you to check the current status of the content cache and to archive (or delete) files that have not been in use for a long time.

The Archive section of the administrator interface

On the Information panel, you can see the estimates of the total number of files and their collective size. Keep in mind that these are approximate estimates, since a complete scan of content cache folder could take plenty of time. To determine a precise size of content cache and the total number of files in it, use standard file system tools.

On the Archiving panel, you can archive old files. There are two conditions for the file to be treated as old by Collaborator:

  • The file belongs to a review that was completed within the specified date period, and its review phase is Completed, Rejected, or Canceled
  • The file has never been part of any review or was a part of a deleted review, and was uploaded within the specified date period

Files that belong to reviews that are currently in progress – that is, in Planning, Annotating, Inspecting, or Rework phases – will not be deleted.

If a file belongs both to in progress and closed reviews, it will be copied to created archive, but not moved from content storage.

Archive Files

To archive old files:

  1. Specify the desired date period using the Start Date and End Date fields.

  2. Specify where to store the archive in the Path to archive field.

  3. Click Preview to learn how many files and how much data will be moved by archiving.

  4. Click Archive to create the content cache archive.

Tip: Archiving can take a lot of time (depending on the amount of files), so we recommend that you use this feature at night or during another time when Collaborator database is idle.

Once the files are archived, they can be preserved in long-term storage or deleted entirely.

On attempts to open any of the archived file, users would see the "Content for is not available – it was probably archived by your administrator." message.

Restore Archived Files

To restore files after they have been archived, simply copy them back into the live directory.

Note: The directory structure must be preserved.

The copy operation can be done while the server is running. Users will not be disrupted.

See Also

Backup and Migration
Content Storage
Collaborator Settings

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