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       REINDEX - rebuild indexes




       REINDEX rebuilds an index using the data stored in the index's table,
       replacing the old copy of the index. There are several scenarios in
       which to use REINDEX:

       ·   An index has become corrupted, and no longer contains valid data.
           Although in theory this should never happen, in practice indexes
           can become corrupted due to software bugs or hardware failures.
           REINDEX provides a recovery method.

       ·   An index has become “bloated”, that it is contains many empty or
           nearly-empty pages. This can occur with B-tree indexes in
           PostgreSQL under certain uncommon access patterns.  REINDEX
           provides a way to reduce the space consumption of the index by
           writing a new version of the index without the dead pages. See
           Section 23.2, “Routine Reindexing”, in the documentation for more

       ·   You have altered a storage parameter (such as fillfactor) for an
           index, and wish to ensure that the change has taken full effect.

       ·   An index build with the CONCURRENTLY option failed, leaving an
           “invalid” index. Such indexes are useless but it can be convenient
           to use REINDEX to rebuild them. Note that REINDEX will not perform
           a concurrent build. To build the index without interfering with
           production you should drop the index and reissue the CREATE INDEX
           CONCURRENTLY command.


           Recreate the specified index.

           Recreate all indexes of the specified table. If the table has a
           secondary “TOAST” table, that is reindexed as well.

           Recreate all indexes within the current database. Indexes on shared
           system catalogs are also processed. This form of REINDEX cannot be
           executed inside a transaction block.

           Recreate all indexes on system catalogs within the current
           database. Indexes on shared system catalogs are included. Indexes
           on user tables are not processed. This form of REINDEX cannot be
           executed inside a transaction block.

           The name of the specific index, table, or database to be reindexed.
           Index and table names can be schema-qualified. Presently, REINDEX
           DATABASE and REINDEX SYSTEM can only reindex the current database,
           so their parameter must match the current database's name.

           This is an obsolete option; it is ignored if specified.


       If you suspect corruption of an index on a user table, you can simply
       rebuild that index, or all indexes on the table, using REINDEX INDEX or

       Things are more difficult if you need to recover from corruption of an
       index on a system table. In this case it's important for the system to
       not have used any of the suspect indexes itself. (Indeed, in this sort
       of scenario you might find that server processes are crashing
       immediately at start-up, due to reliance on the corrupted indexes.) To
       recover safely, the server must be started with the -P option, which
       prevents it from using indexes for system catalog lookups.

       One way to do this is to shut down the server and start a single-user
       PostgreSQL server with the -P option included on its command line.
       can be issued, depending on how much you want to reconstruct. If in
       doubt, use REINDEX SYSTEM to select reconstruction of all system
       indexes in the database. Then quit the single-user server session and
       restart the regular server. See the postgres(1) reference page for more
       information about how to interact with the single-user server

       Alternatively, a regular server session can be started with -P included
       in its command line options. The method for doing this varies across
       clients, but in all libpq-based clients, it is possible to set the
       PGOPTIONS environment variable to -P before starting the client. Note
       that while this method does not require locking out other clients, it
       might still be wise to prevent other users from connecting to the
       damaged database until repairs have been completed.

       REINDEX is similar to a drop and recreate of the index in that the
       index contents are rebuilt from scratch. However, the locking
       considerations are rather different.  REINDEX locks out writes but not
       reads of the index's parent table. It also takes an exclusive lock on
       the specific index being processed, which will block reads that attempt
       to use that index. In contrast, DROP INDEX momentarily takes exclusive
       lock on the parent table, blocking both writes and reads. The
       subsequent CREATE INDEX locks out writes but not reads; since the index
       is not there, no read will attempt to use it, meaning that there will
       be no blocking but reads might be forced into expensive sequential

       Reindexing a single index or table requires being the owner of that
       index or table. Reindexing a database requires being the owner of the
       database (note that the owner can therefore rebuild indexes of tables
       owned by other users). Of course, superusers can always reindex

       Prior to PostgreSQL 8.1, REINDEX DATABASE processed only system
       indexes, not all indexes as one would expect from the name. This has
       been changed to reduce the surprise factor. The old behavior is
       available as REINDEX SYSTEM.

       Prior to PostgreSQL 7.4, REINDEX TABLE did not automatically process
       TOAST tables, and so those had to be reindexed by separate commands.
       This is still possible, but redundant.


       Rebuild a single index:

           REINDEX INDEX my_index;

       Rebuild all the indexes on the table my_table:

           REINDEX TABLE my_table;

       Rebuild all indexes in a particular database, without trusting the
       system indexes to be valid already:

           $ export PGOPTIONS="-P"
           $ psql broken_db
           broken_db=> REINDEX DATABASE broken_db;
           broken_db=> \q


       There is no REINDEX command in the SQL standard.