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       ALTER_INDEX - change the definition of an index


       ALTER INDEX [ IF EXISTS ] name RENAME TO new_name
       ALTER INDEX [ IF EXISTS ] name SET TABLESPACE tablespace_name
       ALTER INDEX [ IF EXISTS ] name SET ( storage_parameter = value [, ... ] )
       ALTER INDEX [ IF EXISTS ] name RESET ( storage_parameter [, ... ] )
       ALTER INDEX ALL IN TABLESPACE name [ OWNED BY role_name [, ... ] ]
           SET TABLESPACE new_tablespace [ NOWAIT ]


       ALTER INDEX changes the definition of an existing index. There are several subforms:

       IF EXISTS
           Do not throw an error if the index does not exist. A notice is issued in this case.

           The RENAME form changes the name of the index. There is no effect on the stored data.

           This form changes the index's tablespace to the specified tablespace and moves the
           data file(s) associated with the index to the new tablespace. To change the tablespace
           of an index, you must own the index and have CREATE privilege on the new tablespace.
           All indexes in the current database in a tablespace can be moved by using the ALL IN
           TABLESPACE form, which will lock all indexes to be moved and then move each one. This
           form also supports OWNED BY, which will only move indexes owned by the roles
           specified. If the NOWAIT option is specified then the command will fail if it is
           unable to acquire all of the locks required immediately. Note that system catalogs
           will not be moved by this command, use ALTER DATABASE or explicit ALTER INDEX
           invocations instead if desired. See also CREATE TABLESPACE (CREATE_TABLESPACE(7)).

       SET ( storage_parameter = value [, ... ] )
           This form changes one or more index-method-specific storage parameters for the index.
           See CREATE INDEX (CREATE_INDEX(7)) for details on the available parameters. Note that
           the index contents will not be modified immediately by this command; depending on the
           parameter you might need to rebuild the index with REINDEX(7) to get the desired

       RESET ( storage_parameter [, ... ] )
           This form resets one or more index-method-specific storage parameters to their
           defaults. As with SET, a REINDEX might be needed to update the index entirely.


           The name (possibly schema-qualified) of an existing index to alter.

           The new name for the index.

           The tablespace to which the index will be moved.

           The name of an index-method-specific storage parameter.

           The new value for an index-method-specific storage parameter. This might be a number
           or a word depending on the parameter.


       These operations are also possible using ALTER TABLE (ALTER_TABLE(7)).  ALTER INDEX is in
       fact just an alias for the forms of ALTER TABLE that apply to indexes.

       There was formerly an ALTER INDEX OWNER variant, but this is now ignored (with a warning).
       An index cannot have an owner different from its table's owner. Changing the table's owner
       automatically changes the index as well.

       Changing any part of a system catalog index is not permitted.


       To rename an existing index:

           ALTER INDEX distributors RENAME TO suppliers;

       To move an index to a different tablespace:

           ALTER INDEX distributors SET TABLESPACE fasttablespace;

       To change an index's fill factor (assuming that the index method supports it):

           ALTER INDEX distributors SET (fillfactor = 75);
           REINDEX INDEX distributors;


       ALTER INDEX is a PostgreSQL extension.