Commit log archive configuration

DataStax Enterprise provides commit log archiving and point-in-time recovery. The commit log is archived at node startup and when a commit log is written to disk, or at a specified point-in-time. You configure this feature in the configuration file.

The commands archive_command and restore_command expect only a single command with arguments. The parameters must be entered verbatim. STDOUT and STDIN or multiple commands cannot be executed. To workaround, you can script multiple commands and add a pointer to this file. To disable a command, leave it blank.


  • Archive a commit log segment:





    Fully qualified path of the segment to archive.


    Name of the commit log.


    archive_command=/bin/ln %path /backup/%name

  • Restore an archived commit log:





    Fully qualified path of the archived commitlog segment from the <restore_directorie>s.


    Name of live commit log directory.


    restore_command=cp -f %from %to

  • Set the restore directory location:

    Command restore_directories=



  • Restore mutations created up to and including the specified timestamp:

    Command restore_point_in_time=


    <timestamp> (YYYY:MM:DD HH:MM:SS)


    restore_point_in_time=2013:12:11 17:00:00

    Restore stops when the first client-supplied timestamp is greater than the restore point timestamp. Because the order in which the database receives mutations does not strictly follow the timestamp order, this can leave some mutations unrecovered.

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