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Command Line Tools

Oak Run

This tool supports maintenance operations such as backup and compaction.


To back up a repository, use:

java -mx4g -jar oak-run-*.jar backup <repository> <backup>

When using the (default) Tar storage, the <repository> setting is the path to the directory that contains the segment (data*.tar) files. The <backup> option is the target directory.


To list the checkpoints of a repository, use:

java -mx4g -jar oak-run-*.jar checkpoint <repository>

When using the (default) Tar storage, the <repository> setting is the path to the directory that contains the segment (data*.tar) files.


The oak-run compact operation may be used to perform an offline compaction:

java -mx4g -jar oak-run-*.jar compact <repository> [--force]

It makes sense to find and remove the old checkpoints, using the checkpoint command described above.

Index Management

The oak-run index operation is used to manage indexes.

System properties supported by the oak-run

When performing operations on the SegmentNodeStore (eg. backup, checkpoint, compact), it’s possible to tweak various system properties to get the optimal performance. These are:

  • cache - cache size for the SegmentNodeStore (default: 256),
  • compaction-progress-log - how many entries should be compacted between log messages (default: 150000),
  • compress-interval - number of map entries to keep until compressing this map (default: 100000),
  • update.limit - threshold for the flush of a temporary transaction to disk (default: 10000),
  • tar.memoryMapped - allow to use memory mapped files to reduce memory usage (default: false),


java -Dtar.memoryMapped=true -mx4g -jar oak-run-*.jar checkpoint <repository>

Analyzing Thread Dumps

To analyze thread dumps, filter out idle threads, and get profiling data, use the following, there the directory contains thread dump files:

java -jar oak-run-*.jar threaddump --filter --profile <directory>

MongoDB Shell with oak-mongo.js

MongoDB comes with a command line shell that can be extended with custom JavaScript. Oak provides a oak-mongo.js file with MongoMK specific extensions. You first need to download the JavaScript file and then start the MongoDB shell with the file.

mongo --shell oak-mongo.js

Now the MongoDB shell has an oak namespace with additional functions.