Hi Joseph,

I tried your query with a smaller database (10 MB),

  copy $e := db:open("test")
  modify (
    for $x in $e//*[text()]
    return replace node $x with $x/text()
  return $e

and it was executed in around a second. Maybe you need to assign more
memory to BaseX?

On Fri, Sep 16, 2016 at 12:07 PM, Christian Grün
<christian.gr...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I am trying to substitute the content of an element with its content in a
>> document
> What do you mean by that? Wouldn’t the result be the same if you
> substitute the content with the content?
> In the given query, you are replacing the elements with their text
> nodes; is this what you actually want?
>> copy $e := doc("document")
>> modify
>> (
>> for $x in $e//C
>> return
>> replace node $x with $x/text()
>> )
>> return
>> $e
>> Although this seems to be a plain query, it never ends when launched, so
>> that I am forced to quit BaseX. Any suggestions? Thanks!
>> PS: my document contains a lot of the elements I want to change. I do not
>> know whether there si an "easy" alternative to "copy"/"replace"

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