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Finding foreign keys that are missing indexes

From: plu tard <plutard12(at)hotmail(dot)com>
To: <pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Finding foreign keys that are missing indexes
Date: 2008-12-28 07:00:02
Message-ID: BLU115-W30DAE79E6FD8AB13D1E970A6E90@phx.gbl (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
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I'm aware that if you create a foreign key constraint, no indexes are automatically created.

I would like to find a way to programatically inspect all my foreign keys and identify possibly missing indexes on either table (either the table defining the constraint or the table being referenced).

I wasn't able to find anything searching Google or the pg archives.

Attached is a first attempt. Just run the missing-fk-indexes.sql through psql. e.g.,

  psql -q mydb -f missing-fk-indexes.sql

I know the output can be improved, but is this headed toward the right direction and/or is there already a simpler way to accomplish this?

Briefly, it finds all the unique tables/columns referenced by foreign keys. Then it examines all the indexes, looking for any that are a prefix of the fk columns. It writes out any tables/columns where no indexes are found, followed by a list of the fk's that reference those tables/columns.

Also attached is a trivial test schema to run it against. 

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Attachment: missing-fk-indexes.sql
Description: text/x-sql (3.1 KB)
Attachment: test-schema.sql
Description: text/x-sql (355 bytes)


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