Break Versioning

XTDB follows a Break Versioning scheme.

This versioning emphasizes the maximum amount of impact an XTDB version update could have on users, and recognises that there are only two types of version bumps: those that are safe, and those that require you to carefully read the changelog.

It is intented to be comfortable to follow strictly and be reliable in practice.

<major>              - Major breaking changes [or discretionary "major non-breaking changes"]
<minor>              - Minor breaking changes [or discretionary "minor non-breaking changes"]
<non-breaking>       - Strictly no breaking changes
<optional-qualifier> - Tag-style qualifiers: -alpha1, -RC2, etc.

Index Rebuilding

Upgrading a node from XTDB version 1.X.n to 1.Y.n (a minor bump) often requires rebuilding the node’s local KV index-store from the golden stores, i.e. the transaction log and the document store. However, it isn’t always the case that minor bumps require an index rebuild and this distinction is made clear in the release notes for a given version.

You can perform the rebuild process by simply shutting down the node and removing the index-store’s db-dir (and similarly for Lucene’s db-dir indexes where xtdb-lucene is enabled). XTDB will then rebuild the indices when the node is restarted.

During development and other manual interactions, it is strongly suggested to rename or move the index directories rather than delete them, in case you need to rollback.