I am attempting to convert a large src directory in mdapi format into source format. When I run "the sfdx force:mdapi:convert -r directoryToBeConverted -d directoryToCaptureConversion --loglevel FATAL" It get's hung up.

What's also giving me challenges is nothing is showing up in the $HOME/.sfdx/sfdx.log file when the conversion get's hung up.

I did some troubleshooting and removed the first half of the directory and performed the conversion and it worked. The secondhalf of the directory ended up hanging again so I am continueing to break things down to figure out which metadata type is causing the conversion to hang. From what I can tell right now, it seems to be the profile metadata type as it's size is 400 MB.

I can't share the exact directory so I apologize ahead of time. Thanks!

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It's not likely "hung", it just takes a while to convert large files, especially if you have a lot of Object files and/or Static Resources, as they have to be "decomposed." If there was an error, it would show an error and log it in the log. You need to be patient.

  • Lol FINE!! I'll be patient, thank you!! Nov 18, 2020 at 18:19
  • @jschleicher That said, I agree there should be a "verbose" option or progress bar so you're not left wondering. I'll bring that up with the DX team.
    – sfdcfox
    Nov 18, 2020 at 18:34
  • that would be awesome thank you @sfdcfox! Nov 18, 2020 at 19:40

I usually ignore static resource while retrieving and converting. You are right it will just stop responding and fail.

  • good to know @VJ_Lightning_SFDX thank you! Nov 18, 2020 at 19:41

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