Subject Re: sweep taking a long time
Author Adam
--- In, Sándor Tamás (HostWare Kft.)
<sandortamas@h...> wrote:
> > Ah! Gbak gets only the most recent version of records that were
> > committed when it starts - it doesn't copy old versions, so there's
> > no need for a sweep.
> Then what Garbage Collection stands for?

(plus Ann's response).

In a nutshell,

It benefits the database you are backing up. A backup restore cycle is
an unusual event (ie. not usually nightly). Having the garbage
collected from the database while it is being backed up is a useful
way to keep the database in good shape (for those of use who hope we
will never need to use the backed up database).