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Database Properties


An InstantDB database is almost entirely defined by its properties file. The values of most of these properties are described throughout this documentation. However this page provides a quick reference for them. It is possible to have a completely empty properties file. In this case properties file must be in the current directory. InstantDB will then use defaults for all of the properties. Note that Java™ properties are case sensitive.


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Property Default Usage
altStringHashing 0 If set to 1 then String hashes use the JDK Object.hashCode() function. By default, uses InstantDB's String hashing.
cacheAmount 256 or 10 The amount of each column to cache, expressed either as an absolute number of rows or as a percentage figure.
cacheCondition CACHE_ROWS Must be one of CACHE_ROWS or CACHE_PERCENT. Determines whether to cache columns in tables based on an absolute number of rows, or the percentage number of rows in the table.
currencyDecimal 2 Number of digits after decimal point in currency outputs.
currencySymbol $ Currency symbol used in currency outputs.
cacheResetPercent 10 The percentage cache hit improvement required in order to move the cache to a new location in a column.
dateFormat "yyyy-mm-dd" Default format for date columns.
exportSQL 0 Non-zero means include SQL statements in the export file.
fastUpdate 0 Non-zero means that database changes do not get written to the database immediately. See tuning
ignoreKeywords   Allows selected InstantDB keywords to be un-reserved. e.g. ignoreKeywords=url,quote would allow the keywords url and quote to be used as table or column names.
indexLoad 5 Percentage of free space in an index that must be present before the index reorganises itself.
indexPath tablePath Path where index tables are held. Can be absolute or relative to the properties file.
likeIgnoreCase 0 Set to 1 to cause LIKE clauses to always perform case insensitive comparisons.
milleniumBoundary 0 If set, then all two digit dates less than its value are interpreted as 21st century dates.
missesInCacheStats 100 The number of cache misses to include in calculations of the next base for the cache.
nowMeansTime 0 Set to 1 causes the date string "now" to store a full timestamp. Default is to store only the date for fields with now hour in the format string
noBanner 0 Non-zero means suppress the opening copyright message. Note - this is set on the java command line not in the database properties file. e.g.
java -DnoBanner=1 ...
partitionCount 0 Number of table partitions defined
partition1
partition2
...
tablePath Absolute path to partition directories.
prepareIgnoresEscapes 0 Set this value to 1 (one) if you would like PreparedStatement.setString() to ignore "\" (backslash) characters when proceesing string constants. When set, InstantDB will not attempt to interpret \ as the start of an escape sequence.
readOnly 0 Non-zero means database is opened in read only mode.
recoveryPolicy 2 0 means do not perform recovery
1 means perform automatic recovery
2 (default) means prompt the user using standard in
relativeToProperties 0 Non-zero means paths are relative to the properties file.
resultsOnDisk 0 Non-zero means that results sets get instantiated on disk.
resultsSetCache CACHE_ROWS cacheCondition setting to use for results sets.
resultsSetCacheAmount 100 cacheAmount setting to use in results sets.
rowCacheSize 20 Number of rows to read into the disk look ahead buffer. Recommended to be set somewhere around 128 to 256.
searchDeletes 0 By default, InstantDB only does a cursory search for deleted rows during UPDATE statements. Setting searchDeletes=1 causes more detailed searches for deleted rows. This slows down UPDATE executions, but reults in more compact tables.
strictLiterals 0 Same as SET LITERAL STRICT_ON. Prevents string literals being interpreted as column names or numbers.
systemPath tablePath Path where system tables are held. Can be absolute or relative to the properties file.
tablePath . Path where database tables are held. Can be absolute or relative to the properties file.
timerCheck 5000 Interval in milliseconds between checks for timed out queries.
tmpPath tablePath Path where results set tables are held. Can be absolute or relative to the properties file.
traceConsole 0 Non-zero means trace output also directed to console.
traceFile   Relative or absolute path where exporting and tracing goes
traceLevel 0 Bitmap of various items that can be traced. See bugfeature
transLevel 1 Sets the level of transaction journalling. See transaction
transImports 100 When doing an import, defines the number of rows imported before the transaction is committed. Recommended value 8192.