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CREATE ACCESS METHOD

Name

CREATE ACCESS METHOD -- define a new access method

Synopsis

CREATE ACCESS METHOD name
    TYPE access_method_type
    HANDLER handler_function

Description

CREATE ACCESS METHOD creates a new access method.

The access method name must be unique within the database.

Only superusers can define new access methods.

Parameters

name

The name of the access method to be created.

access_method_type

This clause specifies the type of access method to define. Only INDEX is supported at present.

handler_function

handler_function is the name (possibly schema-qualified) of a previously registered function that represents the access method. The handler function must be declared to take a single argument of type internal, and its return type depends on the type of access method; for INDEX access methods, it must be index_am_handler. The C-level API that the handler function must implement varies depending on the type of access method. The index access method API is described in Chapter 59.

Examples

Create an index access method heptree with handler function heptree_handler:

CREATE ACCESS METHOD heptree TYPE INDEX HANDLER heptree_handler;

Compatibility

CREATE ACCESS METHOD is a PostgreSQL extension.

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