I'm hoping Bruce & Team are going to find a safe way to do it, there are so many problems within RM at present that are linked to indexing not to mention speed that the repack function really needs to make a come back.
I strongly suggest its a merge, purge & delete issue in RM4, there was a similar issue with my sql on a phpnuke website, but there was a button in the programme, you just pressed to optimise the database, which presumably deleted , deleted records & re-indexed it to make it run faster
I notice that PAF & RM3 had the pack & rebuild index feature, why was it removed from RM4
I find it a bit annoying that you can remove the space consuming, alternative name view in the sidebar list of names, but you cant remove the alternative names in the duplicate name merge option.
This makes the search for people to merge with, more confusing, because , in my case, I may have merged 8 people with the same name or letter different, but the list of names is showing me all of the names that I have already merged , when I'm just looking for the names that I need to merge with. Ive got a few trees imported a couple of times family members, so it just fills the screen up with names I've already resolved, ie in list of 15 visible names 10 are variations of the name I merged & only 3 are not merged yet. Its better to allow this feature to be switched off in merge session & surely it slows down the indexing, because its indexing the same person in 12 different places, but the merged info is the same
ie made up example
Mary Queen of Scotland b 1037 d1067 ie Scotland, Mary (Queen of)
is merged with
Scots, Mary queen of 1037 1067 &
Stuart, Mary Queen 1037 1067
Stewart, Mary (Queen) 1036 1067
Queen of Scotland, Mary 1034 1067
Scotland, Marye Queen 1037 1067
England, Mary (Queen of Scots) 1037 1067
After merging , all of the above different methods of listing the same person, are in the list of names to merge with, (like ghosts),which means they also stay in the wrong locations, like "queen of scotland" as surname in imported gedview which shouldnt be then continualy filed there.
Its also disheartening as it makes you think theres more left to merge than there really is, because the database is bloated with loads of copies of the same name. Please allow for viewing these alternative names in the duplicate search & merge to become optional as well. Its enough to be able to see the alternative names in the persons (edit details). If youre comparing people to merge with, your more likely to look in the persons profile, partners , children & parents, then go round RM4 lists of names to see other names for that person as spouses child etc.
I m merging approx 3 versions of royalty databases inc. german & english, french versions going back to vikings & there can sometimes be 10 name versions of the same person, ie Henry , Heindrik , Henri etc but dates, partners, places, children all match but the database just gets littered with names youve already resolved .
I dont have this problem in RM3, you just get 1 merged person with alternative names visible when you click on that person
The merging is slow enough as it is, (up to 2 mins now, to search for a name on the duplicate name list). We dont also need to, without a choice, search the litter of already merged names. I know theres a blue box next to some, but it fills up the screen , unecessarily,when youve done lots of similar name merges & its harder to find your next merge. It must be indexing alternatives to all over the database, where the names originally were which must slow down the search immensly.