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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

Which are my biggest tables?

We've looked at getting the size of a specific table, so now it's time to widen the problem to related areas. Rather than having an absolute value for a specific table, let's look at the relative sizes.

How to do it...

The following basic query will tell us the 10 biggest tables:

SELECT table_name,pg_relation_size(table_schema || '.' || table_name) as size
FROM information_schema.tables
WHERE table_schema NOT IN ('information_schema', 'pg_catalog')

The tables are shown in descending order of size, with at the most 10 rows displayed. In this case, we look at all the tables in all the schemas, apart from the tables in information_schema or pg_catalog, like we did in the How many tables are in the database? recipe.

How it works…

PostgreSQL provides a dedicated function, pg_relation_size, to compute the actual disk space used by a specific table or index. We just need to provide the table name. In addition to the main data files, there are...