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File evidences cleanup

In order to clean useless file evidences (> 60 M in our case !), there are several ways:

- scan exclusions (easy)

- filtering in business importers (advanced users)

- but you have to delete by sql scripts all existing file evidences in the repertory (before scan exclusion). Ask Flexera support for the procedure.

- you can also group file evidences (same as install evidences): just create you custom generic one, like python%, assigned or ignored. You can after delete all specific one, like python1234.

That is good for your response time and for the planet !

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Thank you for sharing this (if this is a 'FYI' instead of question)



(Anything expressed here is my own view and not necessarily that of my employer, Flexera. If my reply answers a question you have raised, please click "ACCEPT AS SOLUTION".)


IMHO, there is a lot of 'Junk' file and installer evidence in the ARL.

A quick analysis of the evidence data downloaded with the current (CW 04/2021) release of the ARL (#2580) - see attached PDF document - shows that:

  • 199,223 Installer Evidences (17.9%) are not linked to any application
  • 378,339 File Evidences (33.2%) are not linked to any application

Evidence not linked to any application will not contribute to application recognition. The only reason for including this data apparently is reducing the amount of 'Unrecognized Evidence'.

There is no point in manually purging these data from the [FNMSCompliance] database, as these ARL data are downloaded to FNMS on a daily basis by default.

Hi, thank you for this analysis !

- I was speaking about local file évidences. Flexera file evidence can not be deleted, only ignored.

- ARL file evidences without link to application may be needed for metering (usage), by the link between executable file and product (not only application).

- ARL file evidences without data about application and product are useless, except when gathering large amount of useless file evidences and ignoring them...


By Level 7 Flexeran
Level 7 Flexeran

Hi everyone,

Just so you're aware, you will be seeing the amount of installer evidence not linked to any application go up as we work through the ARL cleanup activities referenced here:

These unlinked pieces of installer evidence will be marked as "Ignored" so that customers can continue to manage relevant unrecognized evidence without this clutter. That said, the evidence won't be new to the ARL - it was formerly linked to now-removed ineligible applications. 

Natalie Overstreet Lias
Senior Product Manager
I don’t speak for Flexera, and we should all be grateful for that