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Disk file effects of delete and vacuum

I have a very frequently updated table with 240 million rows (and growing). Every three hours 1.5 million rows are inserted and 1.5 million are deleted. When I moved the cluster to a SSD this bulk ...
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Checking whether two tables have identical content in PostgreSQL

This has already been asked on Stack Overflow, but only for MySQL. I'm using PostgreSQL. Unfortunately (and surprisingly) PostgreSQL does not seem to have something like CHECKSUM table. A PostgreSQL ...
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How should I represent a latitude and longitude in Postgres without using PostGIS?

How should I represent a latitude and longitude in Postgres without using PostGIS? The system I am using does not allow SQL passthrough so I cannot use POSTGIS.
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Why did Postgres UPDATE take 39 hours?

I have a Postgres table with ~2.1 million rows. I ran the below update on it: WITH stops AS ( SELECT id, rank() OVER (ORDER BY offense_timestamp, defendant_dl, ...
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Should I invest the time to change the column type from CHAR(36) to UUID?

I have a few million rows in my database already. I didn't know about the PostgreSQL UUID data type when I designed my schema. One of the tables has 16M rows (about 3.5M to 4 M records per shard), ...
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How to duplicate huge postgres table?

I have huge postgres table (10GB of data - 160M records). Table is static and there are no write operations on it performed. I want to duplicate it, perform writes, reindex it and then with single ...
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What is retrieved from disk during a query?

Fairly simple question, probably answered somewhere, but I can't seem to form the right search question for Google... Do the number of columns in a particular table affect the performance of a query, ...
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Why won't PostgreSQL 9.3 start on Ubuntu?

I have successfully installed PostgreSQL 9.3 from the APT repository on 2 VM's running Ubuntu 12.04 and 13.04...however, I cannot get it to install properly on my host machine running Ubuntu 12.04. ...
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PostgreSQL Index Caching

I'm having difficulty finding 'lay' explanations of how indexes are cached in PostgreSQL, so I'd like a reality check on any or all of these assumptions: PostgreSQL indexes, like rows, live on disk ...
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How to choose a collation for international database?

I'm designing a database which will store data in different languages (using UTF-8), so I think the best way to display the query's results is ordering it according to the user's language during the ...
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Is there a way to access temporary tables of other sessions in postgres?

I'm working with a Windows application that uses a (local) postgres Database and stores some information in a temporary table. I'd like to have a look at the temporary table, but pgadmin and dbVis ...
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Combining separate ranges into largest possible contiguous ranges

I'm trying to combine multiple date ranges that may or may not overlap into the largest possible contiguous date ranges. For example: Data: CREATE TABLE test ( id SERIAL PRIMARY KEY NOT NULL, ...
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Should I use the PostgreSQL bit string?

I've been learning about the bit string data type lately, and I am quite curious about: At the bottom of this doc page there is the sentence: ... plus 5 or 8 bytes overhead depending on the ...
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Finding empty columns of a table in PostgreSQL

What query would return the name of the columns of a table where all rows are NULL?
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Email address unique or primary key?

I am a newbie in databases. I read around and found out that it's probably not a great idea to use email address as primary key because string comparisons are slower which effects performance in ...
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Where does the magic column “name” come from?

I got this by accident: db=> select name from site; ERROR: column "name" does not exist LINE 1: select name from site; ^ db=> select site.name from site; name ...
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PostgreSQL: schema diff/patch tool [closed]

Consider the following setting: A production DB A dev db, on which schema changes are made to enable new features When the development of a new feature is complete, I have to manually update the ...
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How-to implement an entity with an unknown maximum number of attributes?

I am designing a baseball simulation program and I have run into a problem with designing the boxscore schema. The problem I have is that I want to track how many runs are scored in each inning. The ...
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How often will a FOR EACH STATEMENT trigger execute if the operation is caused by an FK constraint with UPDATE CASCADE?

I understand that a trigger on table t defined with FOR EACH STATEMENT will run once when I execute an UPDATE t .... Now, when t is defined with FOREIGN KEY ... REFERENCES a ... ON UPDATE CASCADE, ...
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Why is SELECT * much faster than selecting all columns (in a different column order) by name?

On a table with columns a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k I get: select * from misty order by a limit 25; Time: 302.068 ms And: select c,b,j,k,a,d,i,g,f,e,h from misty order by a limit 25; Time: 1258.451 ms ...
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VACUUM FREEZE vs. VACUUM FULL

Can someone explain the difference between these types of VACUUM in PostgreSQL? I read the doc but it just says that FULL locks the tables and FREEZE "freezes" the tuples. I think that's the same. Am ...
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What is the search_path for a given database and user?

I can see the current search_path with: show search_path ; And I can set the search_path for the current session with: set search_path = "$user", public, postgis; As well, I can permanently set ...
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How to determine the sweet spot between pool size and database connections in PostgreSQL

We are having trouble handling the traffic during peak hours to our database server. We're looking into improving the hardware (see this question about that side of things) but we also want to work on ...
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PostgreSQL vs. MySQL - Advantages / Disadvantages with a spatial component

We are the in the process of building out a web application that has a spatial data component. In the beginning our spatial data comparisons will take a given point and return matched overlapping ...
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Efficient query to get greatest value per group from big table

Given the table: Column | Type id | integer latitude | numeric(9,6) longitude | numeric(9,6) ...
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How to use aes-encryption in PostgreSQL?

I tried aes-encryption by using following statement: SELECT encrypt('test', 'key', 'aes'); which worked, but I am not able to decrypt the value. I inserted it in a field of datatype bytea but I'm ...
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Load balancer versus connection pooling — is there a difference?

I am working on a project that is expected to serve millions of users shortly after launch. The database is postgres, and for now I am assuming at least two servers will be needed. A sys admin (who is ...
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Why would you index text_pattern_ops on a text column?

Today Seven Databases in Seven Weeks introduced me to per-operator indexes. You can index strings for pattern matching the previous queries by creating a text_pattern_ops operator class index, as ...
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How to run recurring tasks on a Postgresql database without a cron-like tool?

I would like to call a stored procedure on a regular basis. On Oracle, I would create a job for this. I have found that Postgresql can mimic this well by using an external tool (cron etc) and PgAgent. ...
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Usage of COPY FROM STDIN in postgres

I just started using Postgres and I'm trying to create a sample db to understand its functions, looking around, I found some scripts in pgfoundry.org. I understand the commands, since I previously ...
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PostgreSQL Initial Database Size

There are 2 parts to my question. Is there a way of specifying the initial size of a database in PostgreSQL? If there isn't, how do you deal with fragmentation when the database grows over time? ...
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Postgresql 8.3: Limit resource consumption per query

I'm using PostgreSQL 8.3+PostGIS 1.3 to store geospatial data on Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy. This particular version of PostGIS has a bug when calculating a buffer() on very complex segments, which causes ...
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SQL Query Formatter [closed]

Are there any (Linux based) SQL Query Formatting programs/plugins/extensions? I use PostgreSQL and MySQL but other DB's are welcome as well. I can use a VM to test with but would prefer a Linux ...
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Is there a means to set the owner of all objects in a PostgreSQL database at the same time?

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1348126/modify-owner-on-all-tables-simultaneously-in-postgresql describes some nifty ways to change table and other objects to a specific user, and it works ...
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PostgreSQL exit status when running a file

When running PostgreSQL with a single SQL command error codes are returned as expected: % psql -c "SELECT * FROM AWDASDASDASDAS" my_db ERROR: relation "awdasdasdasdas" does not exist LINE 1: SELECT ...
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How can I update a json element in postgresql json datatype

I can't figure how can I update an element in a postgresql 9.3 datatype. My exemple the db CREATE TABLE "user" ( id uuid NOT NULL, password character varying(255), profiles json, gender ...
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PostgreSQL Database Data File Integrity Check

When running a PostgreSQL database system how do I know my database as a whole has 100% integrity? Basically how do I know if my data files and pages are all 100% good with no corruption? In the ...
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PostgreSQL: permission denied for relation

I'm a bit confused about setting permissions in PostgreSQL. I have these roles: List of roles Role name | Attributes | Member of ...
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Why is query thousands of times slower with DESC?

I have a PostgreSQL database (AWS RDS) and ran the following queries in psql: livenet=> EXPLAIN ANALYZE SELECT * FROM outputs ORDER BY height LIMIT 10; Limit (cost=0.57..36.82 rows=10 ...
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Disable explicit commits in JDBC, detect them in SQL, or put the database in a readonly state

Background: I'm working on http://sqlfiddle.com (my site), and am trying to prevent one avenue of abuse possible there. I'm hoping that by asking about a problem I'm currently addressing, I don't ...
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Avoiding “Row by row” fetch method when dealing with source LOB columns

I have a legacy PostgreSQL database source (ODBC) that I'm attempting to migrate to new SQL Server schema using SSIS. I'm getting a warning saying: 'Row by Row' fetch method is enforced because ...
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Are there any professional fulltime PostgreSQL DBA's?

For my job I work on a JavaEE application with PostgreSQL as the database. Although we have a sysadmin for our productions servers, who also manages our database servers, we have no full-time DBA ...
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How to drop all connections to a specific database without stopping the server?

I want to drop all connections (sessions) that are currently opened to a specific PostgreSQL database but without restarting the server or disconnecting connections to other databases. How can I do ...
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Performance difference between MySQL and PostgreSQL for the same schema/queries [closed]

I'm a newbie DBA, and I have experience in Microsoft SQL Server but I want to jump to FLOSS. I'm starting a company, and we develop an app (PHP) with a Postgres backend, and we did some tests ...
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How to list all views in SQL in PostgreSQL?

How do I list all views for a database using an SQL command in PostgreSQL? I would like something similar to output of the psql \dv command, but preferably just a list of view names. e.g., SELECT ...
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Find “n” consecutive free numbers from table

I have some table with numbers like this (status is either FREE or ASSIGNED) id_set number status ----------------------- 1 000001 ASSIGNED 1 000002 FREE 1 000003 ...
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How do I know what indexes to create for a table

Is there a way I can figure out the best way to know which indexes to create for a table?
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Multicolumn index and performance

I have a table with a multicolumn index, and I have doubts about the proper sorting of the indexes to get the maximum performance on the queries. The scenario: PostgreSQL 8.4, table with about one ...
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Postgres function assign query results to multiple variables

I need to assign values to 2 variable as below in Postgres function. a := select col1 from tbl where ... b := select col2 from tbl where ... How can I assign 2 values to 2 variables in one line ...
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How to avoid a cyclic dependency (circular reference) between 3 tables?

I have 3 tables: People Post Likes When I design the ER model it has a cyclic dependency: 1:N People --------< Post 1:N Post ----------< Likes 1:N People ...