Is it okay to remove archive files (.txt and .idx files)

Discussion created by Mitch_Denis_38 on Sep 26, 2017
Latest reply on Sep 29, 2017 by Alexander_Trenker_120
We recently had a question come in: Is it okay to remove the database archive .txt and .idx files?  Can it harm the Automation Engine performance.

The answer is yes, it's okay to remove these as long as you don't need them in the future; or in the case of this customer, they had a backup of them.  These files are used solely for the archive browser and are a flat-file conversion of the messages, reports, statistics, etc...  that are archived with the DB.Archive utility.  

The answer to the second question is, no - it can't harm your Automation Engine performance.  Since these are flat files, they are in no way associated with the database that the Automation Engine talks to, so barring issues with the OS being slow in deleting files, it should be perfectly fine to delete them with affecting your system.

Here's some further information on the structure of the folders and files that we're talking about here:


Is there anyone who has experience with deleting these files?  How often do you do this?  Have you ever had any negative effects?