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 this?
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According to Postgres Wiki's Index Maintenance page, you can find out the current state of all your indexes with:
SELECT t.tablename, indexname, c.reltuples AS num_rows, pg_size_pretty(pg_relation_size(quote_ident(t.tablename)::text)) AS table_size, pg_size_pretty(pg_relation_size(quote_ident(indexrelname)::text)) AS index_size, CASE WHEN indisunique THEN 'Y' ELSE 'N' END AS UNIQUE, idx_scan AS number_of_scans, idx_tup_read AS tuples_read, idx_tup_fetch AS tuples_fetched FROM pg_tables t LEFT OUTER JOIN pg_class c ON t.tablename=c.relname LEFT OUTER JOIN ( SELECT c.relname AS ctablename, ipg.relname AS indexname, x.indnatts AS number_of_columns, idx_scan, idx_tup_read, idx_tup_fetch, indexrelname, indisunique FROM pg_index x JOIN pg_class c ON c.oid = x.indrelid JOIN pg_class ipg ON ipg.oid = x.indexrelid JOIN pg_stat_all_indexes psai ON x.indexrelid = psai.indexrelid ) AS foo ON t.tablename = foo.ctablename WHERE t.schemaname='public' ORDER BY 1,2;
num_rows indicates how many rows are covered by your index and
index_size will grow as the index is being built.
It is possible since PostgreSQL 12 release (released October 3, 2019).
SELECT now()::TIME(0), a.query, p.phase, p.blocks_total, p.blocks_done, p.tuples_total, p.tuples_done FROM pg_stat_progress_create_index p JOIN pg_stat_activity a ON p.pid = a.pid;
So, there is no good way to do it pre Postgres 12, but if you really need to know... first calculate the amount of space the index should take, based on data size * rows + overhead. You can then use something like pfiles or pgtruss to find the files that are being written inside $PGDATA; if your indexes are over 1GB, it will be a series of files like nnnnn.n, where the first set of n's is consistent, and the last n increments for each GB file. Once you know how many files are created, you can watch the growth and figure out how close you are to finishing. Rough estimate, but maybe it helps.