This section focuses on system and database administration tasks. Please see the User Guide for tasks having to do with having the “Admin” role on a dataverse or dataset.

Solr Search Index

Dataverse requires Solr to be operational at all times. If you stop Solr, you should see a error about this on the home page, which is powered by the search index Solr provides. You set up Solr by following the steps in the Prerequisites section and the Configuration section explained how to configure it. This section is about the care and feeding of the search index. PostgreSQL is the “source of truth” and the Dataverse application will copy data from PostgreSQL into Solr. For this reason, the search index can be rebuilt at any time but depending on the amount of data you have, this can be a slow process. You are encouraged to experiment with production data to get a sense of how long a full reindexing will take.

Full Reindex

There are two ways to perform a full reindex of the Dataverse search index. Starting with a “clear” ensures a completely clean index but involves downtime. Reindexing in place doesn’t involve downtime but does not ensure a completely clean index.

Clear and Reindex

Clearing Data from Solr

Please note that the moment you issue this command, it will appear to end users looking at the home page that all data is gone! This is because the home page is powered by the search index.

curl http://localhost:8080/api/admin/index/clear

Start Async Reindex

Please note that this operation may take hours depending on the amount of data in your system. This known issue is being tracked at

curl http://localhost:8080/api/admin/index

Reindex in Place

An alternative to completely clearing the search index is to reindex in place.

Clear Index Timestamps

curl -X DELETE http://localhost:8080/api/admin/index/timestamps

Start or Continue Async Reindex

If indexing stops, this command should pick up where it left off based on which index timestamps have been set, which is why we start by clearing these timestamps above. These timestamps are stored in the dvobject database table.

curl http://localhost:8080/api/admin/index/continue


server.log is the main place to look when you encounter problems. Hopefully an error message has been logged. If there’s a stack trace, it may be of interest to developers, especially they can trace line numbers back to a tagged version.

For debugging purposes, you may find it helpful to increase logging levels as mentioned in the Debugging section of the Developer Guide.

This guide has focused on using the command line to manage Glassfish but you might be interested in an admin GUI at http://localhost:4848


In production you’ll want to monitor the usual suspects such as CPU, memory, free disk space, etc. contains some information on enabling monitoring of Glassfish, which is disabled by default.

There is a database table called actionlogrecord that captures events that may be of interest. See for more discussion around this table.


When you have scheduled down time for your production servers, we provide a sample maintenance page for you to use. To download, right-click and select “Save Link As”.

The maintenance page is intended to be a static page served by Apache to provide users with a nicer, more informative experience when the site is unavailable.

User Administration

There isn’t much in the way of user administration tools built in to Dataverse.

Confirm Email

Dataverse encourages builtin/local users to verify their email address upon signup or email change so that sysadmins can be assured that users can be contacted.

The app will send a standard welcome email with a URL the user can click, which, when activated, will store a lastconfirmed timestamp in the authenticateduser table of the database. Any time this is “null” for a user (immediately after signup and/or changing of their Dataverse email address), their current email on file is considered to not be verified. The link that is sent expires after a time (the default is 24 hours), but this is configurable by a superuser via the :MinutesUntilConfirmEmailTokenExpires config option.

Should users’ URL token expire, they will see a “Verify Email” button on the account information page to send another URL.

Sysadmins can determine which users have verified their email addresses by looking for the presence of the value emailLastConfirmed in the JSON output from listing users (see the “Admin” section of the Native API). The email addresses for Shibboleth users are re-confirmed on every login.

Deleting an API Token

If an API token is compromised it should be deleted. Users can generate a new one for themselves as explained in the Account Creation & Management section of the User Guide, but you may want to preemptively delete tokens from the database.

Using the API token 7ae33670-be21-491d-a244-008149856437 as an example:

delete from apitoken where tokenstring = '7ae33670-be21-491d-a244-008149856437';

You should expect the output DELETE 1 after issuing the command above.