Is my postgres database bloated?

I personally believe that autovacuum isn’t agressive enough on any of our appliances out of the box. This causes bloat and slower response times.

Bloat can be seen using this script.

If the tbloat or ibloat is > 20% then this indicates that autovacuum isn’t doing its job and you need to implement a nightly vacuum. See next blog entry

current_database(), schemaname, tablename, /*reltuples::bigint, relpages::bigint, otta,*/
ROUND((CASE WHEN otta=0 THEN 0.0 ELSE sml.relpages::FLOAT/otta END)::NUMERIC,1) AS tbloat,
CASE WHEN relpages < otta THEN 0 ELSE bs*(sml.relpages-otta)::BIGINT END AS wastedbytes,
iname, /*ituples::bigint, ipages::bigint, iotta,*/
ROUND((CASE WHEN iotta=0 OR ipages=0 THEN 0.0 ELSE ipages::FLOAT/iotta END)::NUMERIC,1) AS ibloat,
CASE WHEN ipages < iotta THEN 0 ELSE bs*(ipages-iotta) END AS wastedibytes
schemaname, tablename, cc.reltuples, cc.relpages, bs,
(CASE WHEN datahdr%ma=0 THEN ma ELSE datahdr%ma END))+nullhdr2+4))/(bs-20::FLOAT)) AS otta,
COALESCE(c2.relname,’?’) AS iname, COALESCE(c2.reltuples,0) AS ituples, COALESCE(c2.relpages,0) AS ipages,
COALESCE(CEIL((c2.reltuples*(datahdr-12))/(bs-20::FLOAT)),0) AS iotta — very rough approximation, assumes all cols
(datawidth+(hdr+ma-(CASE WHEN hdr%ma=0 THEN ma ELSE hdr%ma END)))::NUMERIC AS datahdr,
(maxfracsum*(nullhdr+ma-(CASE WHEN nullhdr%ma=0 THEN ma ELSE nullhdr%ma END))) AS nullhdr2
schemaname, tablename, hdr, ma, bs,
SUM((1-null_frac)*avg_width) AS datawidth,
MAX(null_frac) AS maxfracsum,
FROM pg_stats s2
WHERE null_frac<>0 AND s2.schemaname = s.schemaname AND s2.tablename = s.tablename
) AS nullhdr
FROM pg_stats s, (
(SELECT current_setting(‘block_size’)::NUMERIC) AS bs,
CASE WHEN SUBSTRING(v,12,3) IN (‘8.0′,’8.1′,’8.2’) THEN 27 ELSE 23 END AS hdr,
CASE WHEN v ~ ‘mingw32’ THEN 8 ELSE 4 END AS ma
FROM (SELECT version() AS v) AS foo
) AS constants
GROUP BY 1,2,3,4,5
) AS foo
) AS rs
JOIN pg_class cc ON cc.relname = rs.tablename
JOIN pg_namespace nn ON cc.relnamespace = nn.oid AND nn.nspname = rs.schemaname AND nn.nspname <> ‘information_schema’
LEFT JOIN pg_index i ON indrelid = cc.oid
LEFT JOIN pg_class c2 ON c2.oid = i.indexrelid
) AS sml
ORDER BY wastedbytes DESC;




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