On Wed, 2005-09-28 at 09:07 +0200, hubert depesz lubaczewski wrote:
> database has quite huge load of updates, but i thought that vacum will
> guard me from database bloat, but from what i observed it means that
> vacuuming of b-tree indices is somewhat faulty.

No, thats perfectly normal.

Indices are packed tighter when they are first created and they spread
out a bit as you update the database. Blocks start at 90% full and end
up at 50% full for non-monotonic indexes (e.g. SERIAL) or 67% for

It's a long debated design feature on any DBMS that uses b-trees.

REINDEX or dump/restore should be identical.

Best Regards, Simon Riggs

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