[My apologies: I forgot to tell to which sources the patch applies, as required and, which is worse, I attached the wrong patch; I have corrected it now.]
This patch is a follow-up to the split of the vacuum and analyze (done by Bruce Momjian last year). I applies to today's CVS sources.
It adds a separate SQL extension command ANALYZE that will only perform the analyze part and thus only use shared locks.
I will submit the doc and test changes in a separate patch, if you decide that we are really going ahead with the ANALYZE command.
This version still does not update pg_class. Those statistics are still tied in the vacuum part (num. of pages, tuples and indication if the relation has an index). The patch allows for analyze_rel() to work differently if run as part of a VACUUM or as an standalone ANALYZE, so the missing bits can be added without changes to the current
behavior of VACUUM ANALYZE.
Possible future improvements:
1) Add the pg_class update to ANALYZE;
2) Add a VERBOSE option that prints information to gives the DBA a hint if it is worth of running VACUUM or not.
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