I want to clean the whole database, so I am dropping all tables and DB objects in two FOR loops, within one transaction. This makes the transaction logs become full. I could increase the transaction log size, but I would much rather drop the database without anything going into the transaction logs. Is this possible to do?
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Dropping tables will engage the transaction logs. Actually dropping pretty much everything (except a tablespace or a bufferpool) engages the transaction logs.
Couple things that may help you
I guess depending on what you are doing, the second or third points will get you there the quickest. Just remember that anything dropped that does not engage the transaction logs is not recoverable from, without restoring from a backup.
I'd recommend taking a backup before you try any of these as a best practice. You could also use