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VACUUMDB(1)			  PostgreSQL Client Applications		      VACUUMDB(1)

       vacuumdb - garbage-collect and analyze a PostgreSQL database

       vacuumdb [ connection-options... ] [ --full | -f ] [ --verbose | -v ] [ --analyze | -z ] [
       --table | -t 'table [ ( column [,...] ) ]' ] [ dbname ]

       vacuumdb [ connection-options... ] [ --all | -a ] [ --full | -f ] [ --verbose  |  -v  ]	[
       --analyze | -z ]

       vacuumdb  is  a	utility  for cleaning a PostgreSQL database.  vacuumdb will also generate
       internal statistics used by the PostgreSQL query optimizer.

       vacuumdb is a shell script wrapper around the backend command VACUUM [vacuum(7)]  via  the
       PostgreSQL  interactive terminal psql(1). There is no effective difference between vacuum-
       ing databases via this or other methods.  psql must be found by the script and a  database
       server  must  be  running at the targeted host. Also, any default settings and environment
       variables available to psql and the libpq front-end library do apply.

       vacuumdb might need to connect several times to the PostgreSQL server, asking for a  pass-
       word each time. It is convenient to have a $HOME/.pgpass file in such cases.

       vacuumdb accepts the following command-line arguments:

       [-d] dbname

       [--dbname] dbname
	      Specifies the name of the database to be cleaned or analyzed.  If this is not spec-
	      ified and -a (or --all) is not used, the database name is read from the environment
	      variable PGDATABASE. If that is not set, the user name specified for the connection
	      is used.


       --all  Vacuum all databases.


       --echo Echo the commands that vacuumdb generates and sends to the server.


       --full Perform ``full'' vacuuming.


	      Do not display a response.

       -t table [ (column [,...]) ]

       --table table [ (column [,...]) ]
	      Clean or analyze table only.  Column names may be  specified  only  in  conjunction
	      with the --analyze option.

	      Tip:  If you specify columns to vacuum, you probably have to escape the parentheses
	      from the shell.


	      Print detailed information during processing.


	      Calculate statistics for use by the optimizer.

       vacuumdb also accepts the following command-line arguments for connection parameters:

       -h host

       --host host
	      Specifies the host name of the machine on which the  server  is  running.  If  host
	      begins with a slash, it is used as the directory for the Unix domain socket.

       -p port

       --port port
	      Specifies  the  Internet	TCP/IP port or local Unix domain socket file extension on
	      which the server is listening for connections.

       -U username

       --username username
	      User name to connect as


	      Force password prompt.

       VACUUM Everything went well.

       vacuumdb: Vacuum failed.
	      Something went wrong. vacuumdb is only a wrapper script. See VACUUM [vacuum(7)] and
	      psql(1) for a detailed discussion of error messages and potential problems.




       PGUSER Default connection parameters.

       To clean the database test:

       $ vacuumdb test

       To clean and analyze for the optimizer a database named bigdb:

       $ vacuumdb --analyze bigdb

       To  clean a single table foo in a database named xyzzy, and analyze a single column bar of
       the table for the optimizer:

       $ vacuumdb --analyze --verbose --table 'foo(bar)' xyzzy

       VACUUM [vacuum(7)]

Application				    2002-11-22				      VACUUMDB(1)

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