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       vacuumdb - garbage-collect and analyze a PostgreSQL database


       vacuumdb [connection-option...] [[--full] | [-f]] [[--freeze] | [-F]]
                [[--verbose] | [-v]] [[--analyze] | [-z]] [[--analyze-only] |
                [-Z]] [--table | -t table [( column [,...] )]] [dbname]

       vacuumdb [connection-option...] [[--full] | [-f]] [[--freeze] | [-F]]
                [[--verbose] | [-v]] [[--analyze] | [-z]] [[--analyze-only] |
                [-Z]] [[--all] | [-a]]


       vacuumdb is a utility for cleaning a PostgreSQL database.  vacuumdb
       will also generate internal statistics used by the PostgreSQL query

       vacuumdb is a wrapper around the SQL command VACUUM(7). There is no
       effective difference between vacuuming and analyzing databases via this
       utility and via other methods for accessing the server.


       vacuumdb accepts the following command-line arguments:

       -a, --all
           Vacuum all databases.

       [-d] dbname, [--dbname=]dbname
           Specifies the name of the database to be cleaned or analyzed. If
           this is not specified and -a (or --all) is not used, the database
           name is read from the environment variable PGDATABASE. If that is
           not set, the user name specified for the connection is used.

       -e, --echo
           Echo the commands that vacuumdb generates and sends to the server.

       -f, --full
           Perform "full" vacuuming.

       -F, --freeze
           Aggressively "freeze" tuples.

       -q, --quiet
           Do not display progress messages.

       -t table [ (column [,...]) ], --table=table [ (column [,...]) ]
           Clean or analyze table only. Column names can be specified only in
           conjunction with the --analyze or --analyze-only options.

               If you specify columns, you probably have to escape the
               parentheses from the shell. (See examples below.)

       -v, --verbose
           Print detailed information during processing.

       -V, --version
           Print the vacuumdb version and exit.

       -z, --analyze
           Also calculate statistics for use by the optimizer.

       -Z, --analyze-only
           Only calculate statistics for use by the optimizer (no vacuum).

       -?, --help
           Show help about vacuumdb command line arguments, and exit.

       vacuumdb also accepts the following command-line arguments for
       connection parameters:

       -h host, --host=host
           Specifies the host name of the machine on which the server is
           running. If the value begins with a slash, it is used as the
           directory for the Unix domain socket.

       -p port, --port=port
           Specifies the TCP port or local Unix domain socket file extension
           on which the server is listening for connections.

       -U username, --username=username
           User name to connect as.

       -w, --no-password
           Never issue a password prompt. If the server requires password
           authentication and a password is not available by other means such
           as a .pgpass file, the connection attempt will fail. This option
           can be useful in batch jobs and scripts where no user is present to
           enter a password.

       -W, --password
           Force vacuumdb to prompt for a password before connecting to a

           This option is never essential, since vacuumdb will automatically
           prompt for a password if the server demands password
           authentication. However, vacuumdb will waste a connection attempt
           finding out that the server wants a password. In some cases it is
           worth typing -W to avoid the extra connection attempt.


           Default connection parameters

       This utility, like most other PostgreSQL utilities, also uses the
       environment variables supported by libpq (see Section 31.13,
       "Environment Variables", in the documentation).


       In case of difficulty, see VACUUM(7) and psql(1) for discussions of
       potential problems and error messages. The database server must be
       running at the targeted host. Also, any default connection settings and
       environment variables used by the libpq front-end library will apply.


       vacuumdb might need to connect several times to the PostgreSQL server,
       asking for a password each time. It is convenient to have a ~/.pgpass
       file in such cases. See Section 31.14, "The Password File", in the
       documentation for more information.


       To clean the database test:

           $ vacuumdb test

       To clean and analyze for the optimizer a database named bigdb:

           $ vacuumdb --analyze bigdb

       To clean a single table foo in a database named xyzzy, and analyze a
       single column bar of the table for the optimizer:

           $ vacuumdb --analyze --verbose --table 'foo(bar)' xyzzy