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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Spatial index not used

I have a table with a geometry column. For one record, there is only one Point stored. A spatial index has been created but queries searching for the nearest location do not use this index resulting ...
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StackExchange clone: where should I add my indexes?

I'm creating an open source stack exchange clone and the following is my schema. What should I add indexes on for it to be optimal? Here is the schema in Rails format (SQL format below as well): ...
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Performance of different precedence pseudocolumn solutions with LIMIT

I was wondering about the relative performance of the solutions provided in the answers to a question on stackoverflow, I decided to run some tests. The OP wanted to get the first matching row given ...
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SQL Server Timeout: Drop and Recreate Index Solves the Issue

After having sql timeout issues with one of our queries we added a few indices that then made the query run very quickly and got rid of any timeout out issues we were having. The strange thing is ...
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MySql - How can I speed up this query

I have the following tables: CREATE TABLE `users` ( `id` int(11) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, `first_name` varchar(255) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci DEFAULT NULL, `last_name` varchar(255) COLLATE ...
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What is Sql Server Clustered Index in Oracle terminology

A clustered index in sql server like a dictionary or telephone directory. A,B,C,D it goes on. If you look up with a name Ozgur you start O then z etc. I would like a simple explaination for this ...
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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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Suspended in index rebuild

In SQL Server 2012, an Index Rebuild job is taking a very long time (up to 8 hours). However, not even one Index rebuild completed, so I stopped the index job. In monitoring SQL task: state = ...
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We are running database maintenace with indexing the system, indexing fails due to locking?

We have been trying to do re-indexing in our system, there are users still using the database during the indexing. While doing index for certain tables there is failure of indexing this seems to be ...
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Why does it take a long time to drop a function based index in Oracle?

I have a function based index that takes 25 minutes to create on a table of 94 Million rows. When I drop the index, it takes 18 minutes. Why does it take so long? I would have thought the drop would ...
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Indexing to improve performance of range queries

I've got a relation in a Postgres 8.2 database similar to this: CREATE TABLE foo ( foo_id varchar(160) NOT NULL, bar_id varchar(160) NOT NULL, created bigint NOT NULL, PRIMARY KEY ...
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Proving the usefulness of a specific index

I'm looking for a way to prove that some recently added indexes are positively impacting a production system. I've collected some dmv statistics to show that the indexes are indeed being used ...
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Clustered Table Scan Because of “SELECT *”

I have a Records table with over 100 columns and very many rows, and a nonclustered index on 5 fields based on my access paths: CREATE NONCLUSTERED INDEX [IX_Records_CustomerID] ON [dbo].[Records] ( ...
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How can I alter the fill factor of an index outside of an ALTER INDEX command?

I am using a COTS package to perform index rebuilds across my SQL Server portfolio. The package unfortunately doesn't have an option to set index fill factors globally for an individual instance or DB ...
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Index before or after bulk load using load infile?

I have a database with over 1B rows and two columns that are indexed (in addition to the PK). Is it better to have the index pre-defined in the table before the load infile or better to index after ...
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Is a clustered index locked while a (clustered index) scan is in progress?

The question is pretty simple, as the title says. However, I cannot find any references to confirm or contradict this. The problem leading me to this question is that I have a view joining several ...
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Does UPDATE INDEXES work for local indexes?

I have two tables in Oracle 11.2. First is partitioned and has local index (non-prefixed): CREATE TABLE table1 (col1 INT, col2 INT) PARTITION BY LIST(col1) ( PARTITION p1 VALUES(1), PARTITION ...
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How are indexes represented in an ERD?

What do indexes look like in an Entity Relationship Diagram? I've googled it and I'm unsure what the standard look of an index is in an ERD. And I'm talking about the crowsfoot diagram that includes ...
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InnoDB vs MyISAM with many indexes

I am not sure if there is a right or wrong answer to this question, as I suppose it severely depends on the situation, but for the sake of a mental exercise, I'll go ahead and ask it anyway: I have a ...
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Should a table have a clustered index even if it doesn't have appropriate fields for it?

If you have a table without a good candidate field or fields for a clustered index (stable, sequential), is it better to have a clustered index on a bad field or is it better to make all table indices ...
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MySQL: Is it safe to have a table with multiple millions of rows?

I have a very complex search query to write that will touch many tables, have conditions and joins. For efficiency reasons, I am strongly considering creating a "cache table" where I would maybe once ...
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How to create multiple entries on index based on the fields of one row?

I never found a good way to index multiple fields of one row as entries of an index or simulate this feature on MySQL. The problem arises when you have fields working as tags or similar concept. Ex.: ...
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How to setup complex multi-column index for massive table

I've searched what I could search on Google, SO, etc and haven't found an answer that would seem to fit what I'm looking for. I'm hesitant to make a post about this as I'm sure the answer is out there ...
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Database having only db_datareader shows invalid properties for a index

If a SQL server database user has only public permission in server roles and for a particular database only db_datareader and public permission then while trying script index as CREATE To option in ...
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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 ...
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Using indexes to create multiple relationships to a table in order to enforce data integrity and add meaning

I'm working on an inventory database that uses supertype/subtype model. My question regards creating multiple relationships with the same tables using the primary key and composite indexes that also ...
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Does a cluster index provide more benefits than pre-sorting the load file and creating non-cluster index?

Informix 11.70.TC4DE: CREATE TABLE cluster_tbl ( fk_id INT, data CHAR(2048) ); LOAD FROM "presorted.ld" INSERT INTO cluster_tbl; CREATE UNIQUE CLUSTER INDEX cl_idx ON cluster_tbl(fk_id); ...
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SQL Server 2008R2 - Why is my index not used

I have a table defined in the following way: CREATE TABLE [dbo].[MyTable] ( [MyTable_ID] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL, [COLUMN_WITH_DATA] [varchar](128) NOT NULL, [COLUMN_A] [varchar](128) ...
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Does a dual key or single key lookup perform better on a table with a lot of data?

We have table where rows unique between 3 columns. GroupA, GroupB, ProductID. GroupA & GroupB are used in combinations to Group sets of ProductIDs and will always be used to lookup sets of ...
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Less RAM than Index_length MyISAM

I'm working on a database to store "time series" data (the value of X was Y at this time). The rows themselves are very small and static in size, with the primary key consisting of two smallint ...
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Storing hex values as strings or integers?

I've inherited a database that uses sets of 32-byte hex strings to attempt to uniquely identify objects. Each string is called a fingerprint and each object can have up to 20 fingerprints. I'm ...
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Determine Index Compression Candidates Online

By doing the following I can determine if an index will benefit from compression and how many columns should be included in the compression: ANALYZE INDEX Owner.IndexName VALIDATE STRUCTURE OFFLINE; ...
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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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Should I use a composite or single-column index?

I have the following columns in my database table (Medicines). ID bigint, MedicineName nvarchar(50), BrandName nvarchar(50), MedicineCode nvarchar(20), and price,quantity. I am making a stored ...
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Inner join using an array column

Having trouble indexing and executing a query in O (log n) time. The query includes an INNER JOIN, an ORDER BY, and an equality operation. If I understand the laws of databases correctly, a query can ...
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What happens to the index of a primary key after a DROP CONSTRAINT?

I am running PostgreSQL 9.1.4. I have a table with many existing rows, and a bunch of other tables with foreign keys pointing to it, for which I am trying to : 1 - Remove the pkey constraint on the ...
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Why index REBUILD does not reduce index fragmentatation with a page count > 1000?

This is kind of a followup to the existing question on this site "Why index REBUILD does not reduce index fragmentatation?". The accepted answer to that question, and all other resources I have found ...
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How does SQL Server choose an index key for a foreign key reference?

I am working with a legacy database that was imported from MS Access. There are about twenty tables with non-clustered, unique primary keys that were created during the MS Access > SQL Server upgrade. ...
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Filtered indices: Why include the filtered-on field?

This just drives me mad. Consider a simple table with irrelevant columns removed: create table boxes ( row_id int not null identity(1,1) primary key, location varchar(15) null, dismantled bit ...
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Strictly only RAM matters?

I have to work on a project which would have a extra large table with billions of records but only two fields one is id and another is text. And id would be set to BIGINT and PK then if 8+2 (extra 2 ...
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SQL Server 2008 R2 reindex job reorganise getting stuck

I am currently experiencing this job getting stuck in my nightly maintenance solution - ALTER INDEX [PK_ThirdPartySettleCalled] ON [evo_archive].[dbo].[ThirdPartySettleCalled] REORGANIZE WITH ...
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SQL Server: index creation date

In SQL Server 2005 and above, how can I find when an index was created?
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Optimal hash technique to index large text

Erwin Brandstetter thankfully saved me from myself when I tried to create unique indexes on textual columns with large lengths. The upper limit for the insertion rate is tens of billions of rows per ...
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Indexes file damaged, was on ramdisk

I have put some of my indexes into a filegroup that contains one file, that file is on the ramdisk, the performance is great, but the problem is that the file was deleted incorrectly (the file ...
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After Rackspace server creation, PostgreSQL query planner doesn't work as expected

We created an image of one of our database servers in Rackspace. Then, we created a new server using that image, expecting things to work. However, the index performance we have seen seems to be ...
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Indexing strategy when using the between operator SQL Server 2008

I have a large table ~25 million rows with the structure CREATE TABLE [dbo].[rx]( [pat_id] [int] NOT NULL, [fill_Date] [date] NOT NULL, [script_End_Date] AS ...
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Combining full-text and scalar index

Let's say we have a database of 12 million names and addresses that need to be searchable using full-text, but each row contains an integer value too, let's say COMPANYID. The table contains around ...
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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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Should I rebuild index after truncate/large insert?

I have a stored procedure that truncates some tables with around 1.75M rows in each, before inserting new data (based on data in other tables, calculations etc.) Basic outline is very simple: ...
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Could running ANALYZE on all databases on large InnoDB tables show some performance increase?

So we have an old database that was fragmented until we ran OPTIMIZE on all tables. The database/tables are about 100GB in size. Tables are InnoDB with heavy read/write activity. There are so many ...