But what is the advantage of non-full pages in Oracle?
Adi Alurkar wrote:
> I am not sure if this applies only to clustering but for storage in
> IIRC Oracle has 2 parameters that can be set at table creation :
> from Oracle docs
> PCTFREE integer :
> Specify the percentage of space in each data block of the table, object
> table OID index, or partition reserved for future updates to the
> table's rows. The value of PCTFREE must be a value from 0 to 99. A
> value of 0 allows the entire block to be filled by inserts of new rows.
> The default value is 10. This value reserves 10% of each block for
> updates to existing rows and allows inserts of new rows to fill a
> maximum of 90% of each block.
> PCTFREE has the same function in the PARTITION description and in the
> statements that create and alter clusters, indexes, materialized views,
> and materialized view logs. The combination of PCTFREE and PCTUSED
> determines whether new rows will be inserted into existing data blocks
> or into new blocks.
> PCTUSED integer
> Specify the minimum percentage of used space that Oracle maintains for
> each data block of the table, object table OID index, or
> index-organized table overflow data segment. A block becomes a
> candidate for row insertion when its used space falls below PCTUSED.
> PCTUSED is specified as a positive integer from 0 to 99 and defaults to
> PCTUSED has the same function in the PARTITION description and in the
> statements that create and alter clusters, materialized views, and
> materialized view logs.
> PCTUSED is not a valid table storage characteristic for an
> index-organized table (ORGANIZATION INDEX).
> The sum of PCTFREE and PCTUSED must be equal to or less than 100. You
> can use PCTFREE and PCTUSED together to utilize space within a table
> more efficiently.
> PostgreSQL could take some hints from the above.
> On Aug 27, 2004, at 1:26 AM, Gaetano Mendola wrote:
> > Greg Stark wrote:
> >> The discussions before talked about a mechanism to try to place new
> > > tuples as close as possible to the proper index position.
> > Means this that an index shall have a "fill factor" property, similar
> > to
> > Informix one ?
> > From the manual:
> > The FILLFACTOR option takes effect only when you build an index on a
> > table
> > that contains more than 5,000 rows and uses more than 100 table pages,
> > when
> > you create an index on a fragmented table, or when you create a
> > fragmented
> > index on a nonfragmented table.
> > Use the FILLFACTOR option to provide for expansion of an index at a
> > later
> > date or to create compacted indexes.
> > When the index is created, the database server initially fills only
> > that
> > percentage of the nodes specified with the FILLFACTOR value.
> > # Providing a Low Percentage Value
> > If you provide a low percentage value, such as 50, you allow room for
> > growth
> > in your index. The nodes of the index initially fill to a certain
> > percentage and
> > contain space for inserts. The amount of available space depends on the
> > number of keys in each page as well as the percentage value.
> > For example, with a 50-percent FILLFACTOR value, the page would be half
> > full and could accommodate doubling in size. A low percentage value can
> > result in faster inserts and can be used for indexes that you expect
> > to grow.
> > # Providing a High Percentage Value
> > If you provide a high percentage value, such as 99, your indexes are
> > compacted, and any new index inserts result in splitting nodes. The
> > maximum density is achieved with 100 percent. With a 100-percent
> > FILLFACTOR value, the index has no room available for growth; any
> > additions to the index result in splitting the nodes.
> > A 99-percent FILLFACTOR value allows room for at least one insertion
> > per
> > node. A high percentage value can result in faster selects and can be
> > used for
> > indexes that you do not expect to grow or for mostly read-only indexes.
> > Regards
> > Gaetano Mendola
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> Adi Alurkar (DBA sf.NET) <adi(at)vasoftware(dot)com>
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