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How to delete 900 million records in MySQL without shooting yourself in the foot

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When reviewing the contents of the database of Flare, we encountered a table with 1 billion records. Technically that isn't a problem. Flare runs on Vapor and uses an Aurora database, so it can handle that scale. But of course, there's a cost for storing that many records.

We dove in and concluded that we could safely delete about 900 million records. They all were created before a specific date.


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