This is my series of articles covering short “today I learned” topics as I work with CockroachDB. Read the previous installments:

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Volume 4
Volume 5
Volume 6
Volume 7
Volume 8


Topic 1: Capture schema change history
Topic 2: Use Linode Object Storage for CockroachDB bulk ops
Topic 3: Configure DBeaver for CockroachDB Serverless
Topic 4: Configure DBeaver for multiple databases
Topic 5: Configure DBeaver CockroachDB connection with pgpass

Topic 1: Capture Schema Change History

There was a question in our community Slack on capturing schema changes from a cluster. CockroachDB has a system.eventlog table that can be inspected for audit events like schema changes, cluster configuration changes, user and role changes, etc. This table is a running record of these events and by default, it retains 90 days of events controlled by the “server.eventlog.ttl” property. This is a notable event table and not a replacement for a schema change tool, which typically persists in schema change history on a permanent basis. Here’s a sample output from the table:

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