Functions MINBUFLSN and LOWTRANLSN, implemented in a computerized routine, are defined and comprise first and second components of a checkpoint. MINBUFLSN is functionally related to a first update to a first of "dirty" data pages in the RAM buffer. LOWTRANLSN is functionally related to the earliest update of a sequence in a transaction table wherein each update corresponds to an uncommitted transaction. The two components are derived during write-ahead logging and stored in the log header periodically as a function of logging activity. Upon recovery, the checkpoint is retrieved and a functional comparison between the components thereof employed in the recovery algorithm. The conventional analysis pass of the recovery log is avoided and a reduced overhead during logging is provided as well as an efficient recovery.