Nothing was running except the job. The server did not look stressed out
looking at top and vmstat. We have seen slower query performance when
performing load tests, so I run the re-index on all application indexes
and then issue a full vacuum. I ran the same thing on a staging server
and it took less than 12 hours. Is there a possibility the DB pages are
corrupted. Is there a command to verify that. (In Oracle, there's a
dbverify command that checks for corruption on the data files level). 

The other question I have. What would be the proper approach to rebuild
indexes. I re-indexes and then run vacuum/analyze. Should I not use the
re-index approach, and instead, drop the indexes, vacuum the tables, and
then create the indexes, then run analyze on tables and indexes?? 



-----Original Message-----
From: Luke Lonergan [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
Sent: Monday, July 25, 2005 3:49 PM
To: Tomeh, Husam;
Subject: Re: [PERFORM] "Vacuum Full Analyze" taking so long

Vacuum full takes an exclusive lock on the tables it runs against, so if
you have anything else reading the table while you are trying to run it,
the vacuum full will wait, possibly forever until it can get the lock.

What does the system load look like while you are running this?  What
does vmstat 1 show you?  Is there load on the system other than the

Do you really need to run vacuum full instead of vacuum?

- Luke

On 7/25/05 2:30 PM, "Tomeh, Husam" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> I have an 8.02 postgresql database with about 180 GB in size, running 
> on
> 2.6 RedHat kernel with 32 GB of RAM and 2 CPUs. I'm running the vacuum

> full analyze command, and has been running for at least two 
> consecutive days with no other processes running (it's an offline 
> loading server). I tweaked the maintenanace_mem to its max (2 GB) with

> work_mem of 8M. I have no issues with my checkpoints. I can still I/O 
> activities against the physical files of the "property" table and its 
> two indexes (primary key and r index). The property files are about 
> 128GB and indexes are about 15 GB. I have run the same maintenance job

> on a different box
> (staging) with identical hardware config (except with 64 GB instead of
> 32) and took less than 12 hours.   Any clue or tip is really
> appreciated. 
> Also read a comment by Tom Lane, that terminating the process should 
> be crash-safe if I had to.
> Thanks,

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