A database structure that can improve the speed of queries at the cost of disk space and slower inserts/updates. It stores a copy of one or more columns but structures the data differently to allow for faster access.

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Index Allocation Maps

I am a developer reading the book "Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012." I have come across the following diagram: Why are the pages in the first two rows of the diagram (row 1 starting: 1:174 and ...
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Optimizing WHERE condition for TIMESTAMP field in MySQL SELECT statement

I am working on a schema for an analytics system which tracks usage times, and there is a need to see total usage time in a certain date range. To give a simple example, this type of query would be ...
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How does PostgreSQL physically order new records on disk (after a cluster on primary key)?

Need to know how PostgreSQL orders records on disk. In this case, I would like to take advantage of index combination as stated in the docs, which as I understand uses bitmaps to get matching rows ...
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Ok to drop indexes on FK's if they have no stats in the DMVS

I have used the well known query below from Kevin Kline to check for unused indexes. Several indexes created on Foreign keys returns no read stats, only writes. Are you 100% safe to drop these ...
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Monitoring Progress of Index Construction in PostgreSQL

Is there a way to monitor the progress of the creation of an index in PostgreSQL. I am creating an index on a large table and I would like to see how fast this is occurring. Is there a way to monitor ...
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Will a clustered index improve performance of updates performed sequentially on that clustered index?

I know indexes reduce data modification performance, but I have a task where (almost) all updates are done on items in a sequential order. Would a clustered index improve or reduce performance in ...
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Oracle concatenation of queries and function index usage

I have a problem with something I can't understand about indexes in Oracle 11g. We can create test data with: create table test2(field1 varchar2(100),field2 varchar2(100),field3 number,field4 ...
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Does having an index on a VARCHAR column with a lot of very similar starting values have bad performance

We seem to be having quite unusual bad performance on queries that use an index. for example the table looks like PK BIGINT ID VARCHAR(50) Col1 Col2 etc So we need to insert a row in the ...
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How can I get status messages during a large re-indexing operation with MySQL 5.5?

I get large data transfers periodically that I used to completely replace the contents of a MySQL table. Each time I do this, I truncate the table, disable keys, add several million rows of data, and ...
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Can filtered indexes help improve queries that are based on a time entered or should this be avoided?

I'm just learning about the new filtered indexes in MS SQL 2008 and I'm trying to understand where they would hurt and where they would help. I can see that adding a filtered index to an employees ...
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Over 99 million records with geography column & spatial index - VERY VERY VERY slow queries!

I’ve been working with SQL Server for a long time but have only recently encountered the need to work with spatial data. I have come into an environment that uses it pretty heavily and my first real ...
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Timestamp-based index

I have a big database (200GB+) that contains some log info. And I want to speed up SELECT queries and stored procedures. I have a table with a GeneratedOnUtc datetime column, and have a non-clustered ...
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Advisability of using STATISTICS_NORECOMPUTE

I've recently become involved in maintaining a set of databases with some interesting index problems. One of the ones that aggravates me the most is the differences in the indexes between ...
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Landed as BI, but databases are a big WTF, what to do?

Maybe a duplicate, but I believe my case is a bit different. From one of the answers I got to this post on SQL Server Central that also comes handy too but is not quite the same scenario: 9 Things to ...
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SQL Server: Create New GUID Values for Existing Index

I have an existing table with about 6 million rows. The relevant columns are: ID int not null PK Key uniqueidentifier not null Read/write on this table by Key lookup is probably something like 100 ...
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Bitmask Flags with Lookup Tables Clarification

I've received a dataset from an outside source which contains several bitmask fields as varchars. They come in length as low as 3 and as long as 21 values long. I need to be able to run SELECT queries ...
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Recreate Indexes on 1 billion record table

I have a table with over 1 billion records and it has 6 indexes (including Clustered index (ID)). I need to partition this table on a new Clustered index with date column. I have just enough space ...
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Permission to create Spatial Index

Permissions required to create a Spatial Index on a table, for this BOL says: Requires ALTER permission on the table or view. User must be a member of the sysadmin fixed server role or the ...
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Schema design: Use of association (aka: bridge/junction) table vs foreign key constraint with composite index containing a non-key field

This is an inventory database for IT assets. The models used are trimmed in order to focus on the problem at hand. Using SQL Server 2008. Thanks for taking the time to read and for any input you can ...
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Can spatial index be a part of a multiple columns index?

This manual over here is extremely unclear and doesn't even provide some sample SQL statements: http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.6/en/column-indexes.html Another way to rephrase the question is the ...
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Performance of query with a range condition and order by

We have the following table (in SQLite on Android) which a tree structure (Nested Set model) of words and their frequencies: lexikon ------- _id integer PRIMARY KEY word text frequency integer ...
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Reindex Task Failing Randomly [closed]

We use the built-in maintenance plan to reindex (and backup, etc.) our production SQL Server. The problem we are currently having is the reindex task started failing randomly this week after months ...
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Is a surrogate key better than a natural key in this case

I copied this code from here: CREATE TABLE records( email TEXT REFERENCES users(email), lat DECIMAL, lon DECIMAL, depth TEXT, upload_date TIMESTAMP, comment TEXT, PRIMARY ...
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Interpreting an execution plan

I need some help analysing some simple t-sql execution plans. I have a table [User] with the following 3 columns: Id(Primary Key), Username(nvarchar(50)), FirstName(nvarchar(50)) I have Created an ...
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How to check for existence of an INDEX on a column independent of used SQL database

Is there are unified way of how to check for the existance of an INDEX for a given column irregardless of the actual SQL database system used? For MySQL one could for instance check for the existance ...
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Don't rebuild indexes < 1000 pages - then why bother having them?

Microsoft recommends not bothering to rebuild indexes that have less than 1,000 pages (from memory I think it's because they are so small that they will be held in RAM). If I'm not rebuilding them, ...
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Should I refresh query plan cache

Please let me explain my problem and situation: I have a web application - MVC3, MSSQL Server 2005, LinqToSQL. It has been running great until one fine morning I pushed a lot of rows to a table that ...
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Dynamic temporary index creation

In my undergrad databases course, my professor mentioned that some DBMS software is so advanced that it can detect when a long-running query would benefit from an index. The DBMS can then create that ...
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How can I force MySQL to IGNORE ALL indexes?

I have read articles about FORCE index, but how can I force MySQL to IGNORE ALL indexes? I tried SELECT * FROM tbl IGNORE INDEX(*), but I was not successful. As for why I (and others) need to do ...
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Understanding “bitmap heap scan” and “bitmap index scan”

I'll try to explain my misunderstandings by the following example. I didn't understand fundamentals of the Bitmap Heap Scan Node. Consider the query SELECT customerid, username FROM customers WHERE ...
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Why index is not used with order by?

I trying to get info about why MySQL does not using my index when I create a inner join and trying to ORDER BY on the end. I have my SQL query here: SELECT * FROM product p INNER ...
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Shrinking database which is not having any insert/update

We have a process of archiving wherein we take the backup of current database and restore it as xxx archive database. Now this database contains previous data and will not have any ...
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Confused about why a particular index is being used

I have a table (with 170M rows) that looks as follows: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Panel] ( [SubId] [varchar](15) NOT NULL, [LineageId] [int] NULL, [Buck] [varchar](20) NULL, [Lot] ...
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How to create an index on an integer json property in postgres

I can't figure out for the life of me how to create an index on a property of my json column which is an integer. I tried it this way (and also dozens of others) CREATE INDEX user_reputation_idx ON ...
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If I update a column record in a table, will indexes that do NOT have this column in it be affected?

In terms of performance if I have a table like so: CREATE TABLE [TESTDATA].[TableA]( [Col1] [nchar](5) NOT NULL, [Col2] [nchar](2) NULL, [Col3] [float] NULL CONSTRAINT [TableA_PK] PRIMARY ...
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Are existing entries immediately included into a newly created index?

Suppose I have a table Stuff with a column City and no indices including that column. I populate the table. Then I decide to create an index: CREATE INDEX [StuffOnCityIndex] ON [dbo].[Stuff](City ...
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How are multiple indexes used in a query by MySQL?

Imagine a table where there are separate indexes on columns a and b. The query runs somewhat like this: SELECT col1, col2 FROM <table> WHERE a = 'value_1 AND b = 'value_2'; Now, does this ...
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Conditionally add an index to a temp table

I have a stored procedure that looks something like this: SELECT columnlist INTO #temptable FROM Table JOIN lotsofothertables WHERE severalconditions UPDATE anothertable SET column = ...
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How to index for inequality queries?

I have query that is excluding data based on the value of a float column select * from My_Table where my_Float_column != 0 and my_Float_column is not null I don't want to index a float type if I ...
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How to make this query use my multicolumn index?

Currently, I have a view which is defined like this: View "public.customer_list" Column | Type | Modifiers | Storage | Description ...
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Is it possible to get seek based parallel plan for distinct/group by?

An example from this question shows that SQL Server will choose a full index scan to solve a query like this: select distinct [typeName] from [types] Where [typeName] has a non-clustered, ...
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What is a non-clustered index scan

I know what table scan, clustered index scan and index seek is but my google skills let me down to find a precise explanation into non clustered index scans. Why and when a query uses a non clustered ...
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Programmatically find indexes that cannot be rebuilt online

I am automating rebuild and reorganise indexes using T-SQL. I run into problems with indexes that cannot be rebuilt online. Primarily this happens because ntext/nvarchar columns are included. Is ...
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Should I rely on Database Engine Tuning Advisor for creating indexes?

How should I rely on Database Engine Tuning Advisor for creating indexes and statistics? I find more often than not, it generates overly complex indexes that (I think) would be more costly in index ...
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Index defrag takes forever to run

We have an Agent job that runs every morning at 2a.m. to defrag the top 5 biggest tables. Usually it takes around 20 mins to complete. It has stayed this way for several years. However, recently (last ...
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Total billions of rows and daily millions of row insert: What database system suits best [closed]

We developed a system with very high volume of data but very simplified data structure. We had only cellX, cellY, timeStamp and value columns. Operations are: Insert 455+ thousand rows per day ...
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New Index on table cause table to be locked really often

Here are my tables : CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Trackers] ( [IdTracker] INT IDENTITY (1, 1) NOT NULL, [IMEI] NVARCHAR (16) NULL, [CreationDate] ...
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How to disable or delete an index

I created a non-clustered index on a live server (SQL Server 2008 R2) and it turned out not to give the performance benefits that I was hoping for. So I want to delete the index again. Unfortunately ...
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Why is an entire index that is infrequently used stored in the buffer pool?

I have been looking at the memory usage of a server and noticed something odd when drilling into the details. One index is eating up ~15GB of the buffer pool. That happens to be the size of the entire ...
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Improve speed of index rebuild on SQL server

I'm importing a large amount of data into an empty database, and before I start I disabled all non-unique non-clustered indexes to see if I could improve the performance of the import. Now I want to ...