Domino® On-Disk Structure

In this release, Domino® supports file format, on-disk structure (ODS) 51.

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The current level of ODS provides potential improvement for I/O, folder optimization, compression, and attachment consolidation. When a database with an earlier level of ODS is detected, Domino® does not automatically use copy-style compact to convert it to the current level of ODS. But as administrator, in this release of Domino®, you can upgrade existing databases to the current ODS level using more than one method.

For most non-essential databases, the ODS upgrade takes place in a background process and while a database is upgraded, the client user is not able to use the database. For essential databases that are in use at the point that an upgrade is attempted, the ODS upgrade will be done at the next time the database is opened – typically at client restart.

For version-specific information, see the related topics for Domino® system requirements.

Upgrading existing local databases to the current ODS level


  1. In either the Notes® Client, Domino® Administrator Client, or Domino® Designer Client, edit the NOTES.INI file.
  2. Add the following setting: NSF_UpdateODS=1.
    Note: You can also update new databases to ODS51 by using the setting Create_R85_Databases=1, but using NSF_UpdateODS=1 will continue to update to future levels instead of updating only to the current level.

Upgrading existing databases on client machines to the current ODS level

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You can specify a desktop policy setting that upgrades all local databases on client machines affected by the policy to the current level.

Note: If you cannot use a policy, you can use the NOTES.INI parameter instead to upgrade local databases on a client machine.


  1. Create or edit a desktop policy settings document.
  2. On the Mail tab, under Client Settings, specify Enable upgrade of all local NSFs to latest ODS version.

Reverting a single database back one ODS level

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To revert a single database back one ODS level, use the compact -r command as shown here:

compact -r <database name>