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Aeron Archive supports two techniques to manage the underlying archive data files:

  1. Truncation - enables the removal of data after a position;
  2. Purging - allows the deletion of data by segment, typically at some point before the current segment in use.

Truncation is useful when you need to delete all messages after a point. Purging helps with data feeds, such as when you only want to keep the most recent records in an archive.



The sample performs the following actions:

  • Finds the latest recording (see Basic Sample for sample code to do this)
  • Reads the dimensions of the archive
  • Computes a new start position - in the sample, the archive is set to a size, but this could be a time or similar if the data is indexed
  • Purges all archive segments before the new start position


The new start position specified during a purge must be the same as the start of a segment. In the example below, the max length is set in whole in megabytes. Truncation will only function if you set a segment size compatible with this, for example, 1 megabyte. Segment file lengths are controlled by the configuration parameter segmentFileLength in the Archive context.

The code sample assumes a valid Aeron Archive is available as aeronArchive.

final int maxLengthInMegabytes = 250;
final long recordingId = findLatestRecording(aeronArchive);
final long startPosition = aeronArchive.getStartPosition(recordingId);
final long recordingPosition = aeronArchive.getRecordingPosition(recordingId);
final long length = recordingPosition - startPosition;

final long currentLengthWholeMegabytes = length / (1024 * 1024);

if (currentLengthWholeMegabytes > maxLengthInMegabytes)
    final long megabytesToPurge = wholeMegabytes - maxLengthInMegabytes;
    final long newStartPosition = startPosition + (megabytesToPurge * 1024 * 1024);
    aeronArchive.purgeSegments(recordingId, newStartPosition);