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PostgreSQL 11 Administration Cookbook

By : Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli, Sudheer Kumar Meesala
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PostgreSQL 11 Administration Cookbook

By: Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli, Sudheer Kumar Meesala

Overview of this book

PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source database management system with an enviable reputation for high performance and stability. With many new features in its arsenal, PostgreSQL 11 allows you to scale up your PostgreSQL infrastructure. This book takes a step-by-step, recipe-based approach to effective PostgreSQL administration. The book will introduce you to new features such as logical replication, native table partitioning, additional query parallelism, and much more to help you to understand and control, crash recovery and plan backups. You will learn how to tackle a variety of problems and pain points for any database administrator such as creating tables, managing views, improving performance, and securing your database. As you make steady progress, the book will draw attention to important topics such as monitoring roles, backup, and recovery of your PostgreSQL 11 database to help you understand roles and produce a summary of log files, ensuring high availability, concurrency, and replication. By the end of this book, you will have the necessary knowledge to manage your PostgreSQL 11 database efficiently.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
About Packt

How many tables are there in a database?

The number of tables in a relational database is a good measure of the complexity of a database, so it is a simple way to get to know any database. But the complexity of what? Well, a complex database may have been designed to be deliberately flexible in order to cover a variety of business situations, or a complex business process may have a limited portion of its details covered in the database. So, a large number of tables might likely reveal a complex business process, or just a complex piece of software.

In this recipe, we will show you how to compute the number of tables.

How to do it...

From any interface, type the following SQL command:

SELECT count(*) FROM information_schema.tables
WHERE table_schema NOT IN ('information_schema','pg_catalog');

You can also look at the list of tables directly, and judge whether the list is a small or large number.

In psql, you can see your own tables by using the following command:

$ psql -c "\d"
        List of...