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Re: BUG #1186: Broken Index?

From: Gaetano Mendola <mendola(at)bigfoot(dot)com>
To: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: BUG #1186: Broken Index?
Date: 2004-07-03 14:51:50
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Lists: pgsql-adminpgsql-bugspgsql-performance
PostgreSQL Bugs List wrote:
> Hello All,
> We are using PostgreSQL 7.4.2 for our website that handles over 200,000 
> transactions a day. 
> About a month ago, the responses from the SELECT queries on the database 
> became terribly slow. 
> We tried to anaylze the cause of the problem, searching throught the system 
> logs and all, but nothing appeared to be out of the ordinary. 
> What we did to resolve this was to dump the database, delete the database, 
> recreate the database, and finally restore it. After that, things were back 
> to normal. 
> From the above experience, we were able to hypothesize that the fault of the 
> slow responses was not from a broken data or hardware failures, but from a 
> broken index, since we were able to recover 100% of the data on the same 
> machine. 
> Today, the same problem occured, and the same actions are going to be taken 
> to temporary resolve it. 
> Final note: we will also experiment with the  'vacuum full' command to see 
> if it counters this problem. 

This is not for sure a bug, but a known behaviour if you don't vacuum at all
your db. I bet you don't use the vacuum daemon; use it or schedule a simple
vacuum on the eavily updated table each 10 minutes. I strongly suggest you to use
the autovacuum daemon.

Do not esitate to ask how use it.

Gaetano Mendola

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