Truncating Database Log Files

Discovered today that I needed to shrink some database files to retake some drive space on a SQL Server 2005 box. Shrinking the database and its files are relatively simple (right-click -> Tasks -> Shrink -> follow the wizard). However, what wasn’t so obvious, is that on this particular database the log file was around 10 GB (the database as a whole was only 15 GB). Since this is a dev environment the easiest way to shrink that log file is to just truncate it.

You can use the following command to truncate a log file in sql server:


Simple, easy and quick. However, be warned that this particular syntax is being depricated in newer versions of SQL Server… see this article for more information:

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