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Re: Unable to drop index

From: Oliver Duke-Williams <o(dot)w(dot)duke-williams(at)leeds(dot)ac(dot)uk>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: pgsql-admin(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Unable to drop index
Date: 2005-05-03 11:03:28
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Tom Lane wrote:
>>The table on which the index was built is no longer present (it should 
>>have been dropped by my application after being used), but it would 
>>appear that the index was not dropped at the same time as the table:
> That's fairly strange; it should be impossible, in fact, because of the
> pg_depend mechanism.
>>drop index iext_41827440000_24 ;
>>ERROR:  could not open relation with OID 147483811
>>Looking in pg_class for an entry with this OID (147483811) returns 0 
>>rows; an entry exists in pg_class for the index itself.
> What is the OID of the index itself?  Are there any rows in pg_depend
> matching either the index OID or 147483811 in either objid or refobjid?

The index has OID 149592817; there are two rows in pg_depend relating to 
the index as a object dependent on the table:

zzwicid=# select * from pg_depend where objid =  149592817 or refobjid = 

The index was on two fields, so this is as expected.

> How about pg_index (see indexrelid and indrelid respectively)?


>  How about pg_attribute (see attrelid)?  

Yes - two rows corresponding to the index.

> Is the underlying file (named by pg_class.relfilenode) still there?

>>How can I safely remove the index?  The old copy of the index is 
>>preventing the creation of a new table and associated index of the same 
> You can probably just "rm" the underlying file and DELETE the pg_class
> row plus any other rows you found above.  However I wonder what other
> corruption may have occurred in whatever event produced this situation.
> I'm thinking you might have lost a whole page of pg_class, for example.
> It'd likely be a good idea to see if you can pg_dump and reload the
> database.

OK - will dump / reload the database and then try dropping the index 

Thanks for your reply,


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