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50.3. pg_am

The catalog pg_am stores information about relation access methods. There is one row for each access method supported by the system. Currently, only indexes have access methods. The requirements for index access methods are discussed in detail in Chapter 59.

Table 50-3. pg_am Columns

Name Type References Description
oid oid   Row identifier (hidden attribute; must be explicitly selected)
amname name   Name of the access method
amhandler oid pg_proc.oid OID of a handler function that is responsible for supplying information about the access method
amtype char   Currently always i to indicate an index access method; other values may be allowed in future

Note: Before PostgreSQL 9.6, pg_am contained many additional columns representing properties of index access methods. That data is now only directly visible at the C code level. However, pg_index_column_has_property() and related functions have been added to allow SQL queries to inspect index access method properties; see Table 9-62.

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