The transaction log for database 'tempdb' is full. To find out why space in the log cannot be reused, see the log_reuse_wait_desc column in sys.databases

Trying to delete 300 million records from a table that has 500 million records.
After 2 hours I get the following

Any ideas?  thx

The transaction log for database 'tempdb' 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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Scott PletcherConnect With a Mentor Senior DBACommented:
>> Trying to delete 300 million records from a table that has 500 million records. <<

Is that table in tempdb or another db?

If it's in another db, I suspect that snapshot isolation of some type is on for that table, causing SQL to have to keep versions of the deleted rows in tempdb.


Deleting 300M rows all in one shot is not normally a good idea anyway -- way too large for a single transaction, esp. if heaven-forbid that sucker needs to roll back.

If at all possible, try deleting in batches, say 100K at a time.  Add a 1/3 or 1/2 second delay (WAITFOR DELAY) between batches if you can afford the time.
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Carl TawnConnect With a Mentor Systems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
I imagine you have simply run out of space in the tempdb log file. You'll have to check how big the log file is and either allow it more space (if disk capacity allows), or switch to deleting in batches, rather than attempting to delete the whole 300 million rows in one go.

Also, if you run the following statement, it should confirm what the issue is:
select log_reuse_wait_desc from sys.databases where database_id = db_id('tempdb')

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JElsterAuthor Commented:
Another db
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Anthony PerkinsCommented:
In addition to the comments about doing this in batches (I would recommend not larger than 500K rows) I would also make sure that you are doing frequent Transaction Log backups if the Recovery Model for this database is Full.
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