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Re: Vacuum DB

From: ghaverla(at)freenet(dot)edmonton(dot)ab(dot)ca
To: pgsql-novice(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Vacuum DB
Date: 2000-08-31 19:04:19
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On Thu, 31 Aug 2000, Sokel, John wrote:

>                   It will typically make
> 10000-20000 SQL updates/inserts per hour.  This is fine at first, but as the
> day progresses, the updates start falling behind, and the CPU usage by the
> postmaster process starts heading toward 70-80%.  When I do a vacuum, the
> updates speed up dramatically, and the cpu usage goes back down to about
> 10%.  
> The questions are:
> Is there a general rule on how often to run a Vacuum?

Probably, but you should be able to calculate this.  It takes
X amount of time to do a vacuum (which is probably a function
of how much work is needed by the vacuum), and you have the
dbase response time as a function of how many inserts since
the last vacuum.  You do inserts until you (at least) gain
enough time back by doing a vacuum.

> Is there an Auto Vacuum setting to have the postmaster to this
> automatically?


> Is there a better approach to keeping this situation from happening (like
> bundling many updates into a single transaction)?

No idea.

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