Bruce Momjian wrote:
Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
Russell Smith wrote:
2. Index cleanup is the most expensive part of vacuum. So doing a partial vacuum actually means more I/O as you have to do index cleanup more often.
I don't think that's usually the case. Index(es) are typically only a fraction of the size of the table, and since 8.2 we do index vacuums in a single scan in physical order. In fact, in many applications the index is be mostly cached and the index scan doesn't generate any I/O at all.

Are _all_ the indexes cached?  I would doubt that.

Well, depends on your schema, of course. In many applications, yes.

 Also, for typical
table, what percentage is the size of all indexes combined?

Well, there's no such thing as a typical table. As an anecdote here's the ratios (total size of all indexes of a table)/(size of corresponding heap) for the bigger tables for a DBT-2 run I have at hand:

Stock:          1190470/68550 = 6%
Order_line:     950103/274372 = 29%
Customer:       629011 /(5711+20567) = 8%

In any case, for the statement "Index cleanup is the most expensive part of vacuum" to be true, you're indexes would have to take up 2x as much space as the heap, since the heap is scanned twice. I'm sure there's databases like that out there, but I don't think it's the common case.

  Heikki Linnakangas

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