Postgresql 9.3 Debian 7

I have a lot of huge indexes in a legacy database I'm trying to optimize. Thinking about dropping all the useless ones, but how can I tell how often they are used and if they are not used at all.

Is there any usage statistics somewhere or some trick query to do that?


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See this post, which links to a big query summarizing all the indexes which may not be pulling their weight.


You can monitor the index usage through pg_stat_user_indexes and pg_statio_user_indexes

More details about the statistics collector can be found in the manual:

You should be careful with dropping unused unique indexes though. They might not be used for reading, but they are most probably vital to the integrity of your data.

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