Does the usage plugin create / catalogue the user activity it reports on? Or does it access pre-existing user data?

We want to run a script we wrote using the usage plugin and the reporting plugin to create a list of spaces that have not been viewed in a year. The usage plugin has not been enabled on our system for a long time (much longer than a year) because of the performance issues. However, we were hoping to move a copy of our production data onto our test server, enable the usage plugin there, and then the script. Will the only user activity be activity post-enabling the usage plugin?

Thank you.

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As far as I know, the Usage Stats plugin stores the usage data in its own Lucene index. The index is located in:

{confluence-data-directory}/index/plugin/usage

So if you want to keep your old usage data, you could try to copy the index manually to the new location. Otherwise you would start with a clean usage index.

Hope this helps

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