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Replacing a text string in all pages for the entire SPACE

Hello, need to do a quick and dirty search and replace. It's just a one-time thing, but it's for hundreds of pages so I thought the best way to handle it is to run an Update query directly on the BodyContent table in SQL.

I did that successfully, and now the pages are showing the "newString" and not the "oldString".

However, when I go to Edit the page, "oldString" is showing up in the Editor.

Is this data stored somewhere else in the database?



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Nic Brough Community Leader Mar 20, 2019

Did you have Confluence shut down when you did this, and re-index it afterwards?

Hello, thanks for the response.

I did neither, I did restart the services on the server and when that didn't work rebooted the server in case there was an additional service caching data.

What kind of re-indexing is suggested, the Search Indexes? or some stored procedure on SQL?

Thanks again


Nic Brough Community Leader Mar 20, 2019

Oh, well, that could explain it - the cached data persisted because Confluence was running.  A restart after hacking with SQL isn't good enough, it could have made its way into disk caches and then back into the database.

You should never, run SQL on a running Atlassian application, you can lose everything.

In this case though, it should be ok and fixable without resorting to backup.  Stop Confluence and re-run the SQL.  Restart it, then re-index

The re-indexing is the search index, yes, it needs to know you've updated the content outside Confluence.

Thanks, that is very helpful. I will follow that advice in the future.

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