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transaction log full in sql server 2005

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Hi,
I am getting this error and cannot find a solution for this problem even thought i shrunk the log fle several times.  here is the error:
Error: 9002, Severity: 17, State: 2
The transaction log for database '%.*ls' is full. To find out why space in the log cannot be reused, see the log_reuse_wait_desc column in sys.databases
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by:Ephraim Wangoya
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Check if your are running ouf disk space or you set the maximum size for the log file.
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by:karinos57
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i am getting disk space error and also it is set to max size for the log file but  i tried to change the log file to grow automatically but it won't let me do anything.  pls advise
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by:rkannan2000
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Try COMMIT or ROLLBACK explicitly for the previous transactions(if any)...I hope this should fix the issue..
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by:karinos57
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i am new to sql server, can u tell me how to commit or rollback
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by:rkannan2000
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This link might help you understand the root cause and solution.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/317375
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by:expert_dharam
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Do the following when users are not accessing the DB:

1. Detach the database
2. Locate the folder where your DBs .mdf and .ldf files are located.
3. Move(Cut-Paste) the .ldf file for the respective DB to another PC.
4. Go back to SSMS and attach the DB back by selecting the .mdf file.

This will create a new .ldf file automatically.
Keep log file setting to 'Auto Grow 10%'
(Make sure you backup your DB before performing the steps above.)

Best of luck!!
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by:Ephraim Wangoya
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@expert_dharam

Thats not a solution
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Try and get some free space on your disk by deleting temporary files

run the following commands

-- Truncate the log by changing the database recovery model to SIMPLE.
ALTER DATABASE YOURDATABASE
SET RECOVERY SIMPLE;
GO
-- Shrink the truncated log file to 2 MB.
DBCC SHRINKFILE (YOURDATABASELOG, 2);
GO
-- Reset the database recovery model.
ALTER DATABASE YOURDATABASE
SET RECOVERY FULL;

Now this may just solve your problem temporarily until you run out of disk space again. Install some more disk space or move your database to a server with more space
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by:GSGDBA
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Yes, ewangoya is correct.
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by:expert_dharam
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@ewangoya: Thanks for correcting me.

@karinos57: Did you tried it yet?
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thanks.
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