What are the LDF and MDF files and how can I stop the LDF from growing too large

What are the LDF and MDF files and how can I stop the LDF file from growing too large
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mikoshaCommented:
MDF is primary data file.
LDF is a log file.
So to stop your ldf file to grow it's easy : just run log  backup or full database backup .Other option is to truncate a log.
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ShogunWadeCommented:
You can also (depending on the backup strategy planned) set the recovery mode to "Simple"  this will keep the log file to a minimum. but will provent you from doing log (intremental) backups as you do not have a full log.
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pegasysCommented:
You can 'shrink' the database from time to time via the Enterprise manager. Yet, I wouldnt advise you stopping the logging. It can be a lifesaver when all hell breaks loose in a ghastly crash!!

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ShogunWadeCommented:
"Yet, I wouldnt advise you stopping the logging"

I dont agree with this generalization.   It depends entirely on the nature of the database and the planned backup strategy.

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ShogunWadeCommented:
Has your question been answered?   If so could you please close it.
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