Extremely Slow Confluence API Return for children of Page with large number of children

I'm creating a simple script which recursively travels through my space and edits some content. The script is working completely fine, but when I hit a specific page (which has thousands of children pages,) the REST API can't handle the request. I attempted to add the limit and do some number of children at a time, but it did not make the request any faster. 

 

I have yet to get the request to return anything at all, after letting it churn for minutes with a return limit of 10. 

 

Here is an example call I made to the API:

/rest/api/content/search?cql=parent=5799687&limit=10

 

If the parent page has a smaller number of children (say 100-500,) this call works fine and I get a response almost instantly.

Am I going about this the wrong way? Thank you!

 

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Anton Chemlev Community Champion Nov 30, 2017

It seems to me that you hit some limits. Start from here - https://community.atlassian.com/t5/Questions/Confluence-REST-API-rate-limit/qaq-p/459911

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