As an example, if you have a hypertable definition of
where you collect raw data into chunks of one day:
CREATE TABLE conditions( time TIMESTAMPTZ NOT NULL, device INTEGER, temperature FLOAT ); SELECT * FROM create_hypertable('conditions', 'time', chunk_time_interval => INTERVAL '1 day');
If you collect a lot of data and realize that you never actually use
raw data older than 30 days, you might want to delete data older than
30 days from
However, deleting large swaths of data from tables can be costly and
slow if done row-by-row using the standard
DELETE command. Instead,
TimescaleDB provides a function
drop_chunks that quickly drop data
at the granularity of chunks without incurring the same overhead.
SELECT drop_chunks('conditions', INTERVAL '24 hours');
This will drop all chunks from the hypertable
conditions that only
include data older than this duration, and will not delete any
individual rows of data in chunks.
For example, if one chunk has data more than 36 hours old, a second
chunk has data between 12 and 36 hours old, and a third chunk has the
most recent 12 hours of data, only the first chunk is dropped when
drop_chunks. Thus, in this scenario,
conditions hypertable will still have data stretching back 36 hours.
For more information on the
drop_chunks function and related
parameters, please review the [API documentation][drop_chunks].
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