ALTER INDEX — change the definition of an index
ALTER INDEX [ IF EXISTS ]
new_nameALTER INDEX [ IF EXISTS ]
nameDEPENDS ON EXTENSION
extension_nameALTER INDEX [ IF EXISTS ]
value] [, ... ] ) ALTER INDEX [ IF EXISTS ]
storage_parameter[, ... ] ) ALTER INDEX [ IF EXISTS ]
nameALTER [ COLUMN ]
integerALTER INDEX ALL IN TABLESPACE
name[ OWNED BY
role_name[, ... ] ] SET TABLESPACE
new_tablespace[ NOWAIT ]
ALTER INDEX changes the definition of an existing index. There are several subforms described below. Note that the lock level required may differ for each subform. An
ACCESS EXCLUSIVE lock is held unless explicitly noted. When multiple subcommands are listed, the lock held will be the strictest one required from any subcommand.
RENAME form changes the name of the index. If the index is associated with a table constraint (either
PRIMARY KEY, or
EXCLUDE), the constraint is renamed as well. There is no effect on the stored data.
Renaming an index acquires a
SHARE UPDATE EXCLUSIVE lock.
This form changes the index's tablespace to the specified tablespace and moves the data file(s) associated with the index to the new tablespace. To change the tablespace of an index, you must own the index and have
CREATE privilege on the new tablespace. All indexes in the current database in a tablespace can be moved by using the
ALL IN TABLESPACE form, which will lock all indexes to be moved and then move each one. This form also supports
OWNED BY, which will only move indexes owned by the roles specified. If the
NOWAIT option is specified then the command will fail if it is unable to acquire all of the locks required immediately. Note that system catalogs will not be moved by this command, use
ALTER DATABASE or explicit
ALTER INDEX invocations instead if desired. See also CREATE TABLESPACE.
Causes the named index to become attached to the altered index. The named index must be on a partition of the table containing the index being altered, and have an equivalent definition. An attached index cannot be dropped by itself, and will automatically be dropped if its parent index is dropped.
DEPENDS ON EXTENSION
This form marks the index as dependent on the extension, such that if the extension is dropped, the index will automatically be dropped as well.
value] [, ... ] )
This form changes one or more index-method-specific storage parameters for the index. See CREATE INDEX for details on the available parameters. Note that the index contents will not be modified immediately by this command; depending on the parameter you might need to rebuild the index with REINDEX to get the desired effects.
storage_parameter[, ... ] )
This form resets one or more index-method-specific storage parameters to their defaults. As with
REINDEX might be needed to update the index entirely.
ALTER [ COLUMN ]
This form sets the per-column statistics-gathering target for subsequent ANALYZE operations, though can be used only on index columns that are defined as an expression. Since expressions lack a unique name, we refer to them using the ordinal number of the index column. The target can be set in the range 0 to 10000; alternatively, set it to -1 to revert to using the system default statistics target (default_statistics_target). For more information on the use of statistics by the PostgreSQL query planner, refer to Section 14.2.
Do not throw an error if the index does not exist. A notice is issued in this case.
The ordinal number refers to the ordinal (left-to-right) position of the index column.
The name (possibly schema-qualified) of an existing index to alter.
The new name for the index.
The tablespace to which the index will be moved.
The name of the extension that the index is to depend on.
The name of an index-method-specific storage parameter.
The new value for an index-method-specific storage parameter. This might be a number or a word depending on the parameter.
These operations are also possible using ALTER TABLE.
ALTER INDEX is in fact just an alias for the forms of
ALTER TABLE that apply to indexes.
There was formerly an
ALTER INDEX OWNER variant, but this is now ignored (with a warning). An index cannot have an owner different from its table's owner. Changing the table's owner automatically changes the index as well.
Changing any part of a system catalog index is not permitted.
To rename an existing index:
ALTER INDEX distributors RENAME TO suppliers;
To move an index to a different tablespace:
ALTER INDEX distributors SET TABLESPACE fasttablespace;
To change an index's fill factor (assuming that the index method supports it):
ALTER INDEX distributors SET (fillfactor = 75); REINDEX INDEX distributors;
Set the statistics-gathering target for an expression index:
CREATE INDEX coord_idx ON measured (x, y, (z + t)); ALTER INDEX coord_idx ALTER COLUMN 3 SET STATISTICS 1000;
ALTER INDEX is a PostgreSQL extension.
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