Automatic Indexing (DBMS_AUTO_INDEX) in Oracle Database 19c (2022)

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Oracle database 19c introduced the automatic indexing feature, which lets you hand over some of the decisions about index management to the database.

  • What It Does
  • Prerequisites
  • Configuration
    • Display Configuration
    • Enable/Disable Automatic Indexing
    • Tablespace for Automatic Indexes
    • Schema-Level Control
    • Other Configuration
  • Drop Secondary Indexes
  • Drop an Automatic Index
  • Views
  • Activity Reports

What It Does

The automatic indexing feature does the following.

  • Identify potential automatic indexes based on the table column usage. The documentation calls these "candidate indexes".
  • Create automatic indexes as invisible indexes, so they are not used in execution plans. Index names include the "SYS_AI" prefix.
  • Test the invisible automatic indexes against SQL statements to make sure they give improved performance. If they result in improved performance they are made visible. If performance is not improved, the relevant automatic index is marked as unusuable and later removed. The SQL statements tested against failed automatic indexes are blocklisted, so they will not be considered for automatic indexing in future. Automatic indexes are not considered by the optimizer for first time SQL run against the database.
  • Delete unused indexes.

I've never used this feature on an Exadata, so I'm not in a position to comment on its effectiveness.

Prerequisites

This feature is currently restricted to Enterprise Edition on Engineered Systems, as described here. There is a workaround for testing by enabling the "_exadata_feature_on" initialisation parameter.

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export ORACLE_SID=cdb1export ORAENV_ASK=NO. oraenvexport ORAENV_ASK=YESsqlplus / as sysdba <<EOFalter system set "_exadata_feature_on"=true scope=spfile;shutdown immediate;startup;exit;EOF

This is not supported and shouldn't be used on a real system.

Configuration

The DBMS_AUTO_INDEX package is used to manage the automatic indexing feature. The basic management is described below.

Display Configuration

The CDB_AUTO_INDEX_CONFIG view displays the current automatic indexing configuration. The following query is available as the auto_index_config.sql script.

column parameter_name format a40column parameter_value format a15select con_id, parameter_name, parameter_value from cdb_auto_index_configorder by 1, 2; CON_ID PARAMETER_NAME PARAMETER_VALUE---------- ---------------------------------------- --------------- 1 AUTO_INDEX_COMPRESSION OFF 1 AUTO_INDEX_DEFAULT_TABLESPACE 1 AUTO_INDEX_MODE OFF 1 AUTO_INDEX_REPORT_RETENTION 31 1 AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_AUTO 373 1 AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_MANUAL 1 AUTO_INDEX_SCHEMA 1 AUTO_INDEX_SPACE_BUDGET 50 3 AUTO_INDEX_COMPRESSION OFF 3 AUTO_INDEX_DEFAULT_TABLESPACE 3 AUTO_INDEX_MODE OFF 3 AUTO_INDEX_REPORT_RETENTION 31 3 AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_AUTO 373 3 AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_MANUAL 3 AUTO_INDEX_SCHEMA 3 AUTO_INDEX_SPACE_BUDGET 50SQL>

If we switch to a user-defined pluggable database, we only get the values for that container.

alter session set container = pdb1;SQL> @auto_index_config.sql CON_ID PARAMETER_NAME PARAMETER_VALUE---------- ---------------------------------------- --------------- 3 AUTO_INDEX_COMPRESSION OFF 3 AUTO_INDEX_DEFAULT_TABLESPACE 3 AUTO_INDEX_MODE OFF 3 AUTO_INDEX_REPORT_RETENTION 31 3 AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_AUTO 373 3 AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_MANUAL 3 AUTO_INDEX_SCHEMA 3 AUTO_INDEX_SPACE_BUDGET 50SQL>

The parameters are explained in detail here.

Enable/Disable Automatic Indexing

Automatic indexing is configured using the CONFIGURE procedure of the DBMS_AUTO_INDEX package.

The on-off switch for automatic indexing is controlled using the AUTO_INDEX_MODE property, which has the following allowed values.

  • IMPLEMENT : Turns on automatic indexing. New indexes that improve performance are made visible and available for use by the optimizer.
  • REPORT ONLY : Turns on automatic indexing, but new indexes remain invisible.
  • OFF : Turns off automatic indexing.

Examples of switching between modes are shown below.

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exec dbms_auto_index.configure('AUTO_INDEX_MODE','IMPLEMENT');exec dbms_auto_index.configure('AUTO_INDEX_MODE','REPORT ONLY');exec dbms_auto_index.configure('AUTO_INDEX_MODE','OFF');

Tablespace for Automatic Indexes

By default automatic indexes are created in the default permanent tablespace. If this is not acceptable, you can specify a tablespace to hold them using the AUTO_INDEX_DEFAULT_TABLESPACE property. Below we create a tablespace to hold the automatic indexes, and set the property accordingly.

alter session set container = pdb1;create tablespace auto_indexes_ts datafile size 100m autoextend on next 100m;exec dbms_auto_index.configure('AUTO_INDEX_DEFAULT_TABLESPACE','AUTO_INDEXES_TS');

Set to NULL to return to using the default permanent tablespace.

Exec dbms_auto_index.configure('AUTO_INDEX_DEFAULT_TABLESPACE',NULL);

Schema-Level Control

Once automatic indexing is enabled, all schemas are considered when trying to identify candidate indexes. You can alter the default behaviour using the AUTO_INDEX_SCHEMA property, which allows you to maintain an inclusion/exclusion list.

If the ALLOW parameter is set to TRUE, the specified schema is added to the inclusion list. Notice it builds a predicate containing the schemas.

exec dbms_auto_index.configure('AUTO_INDEX_SCHEMA', 'TEST', allow => TRUE);exec dbms_auto_index.configure('AUTO_INDEX_SCHEMA', 'TEST2', allow => TRUE);SQL> @auto_index_config.sql CON_ID PARAMETER_NAME PARAMETER_VALUE---------- ---------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------- 3 AUTO_INDEX_COMPRESSION OFF 3 AUTO_INDEX_DEFAULT_TABLESPACE AUTO_INDEXES_TS 3 AUTO_INDEX_MODE IMPLEMENT 3 AUTO_INDEX_REPORT_RETENTION 31 3 AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_AUTO 373 3 AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_MANUAL 3 AUTO_INDEX_SCHEMA schema IN (TEST, TEST2) 3 AUTO_INDEX_SPACE_BUDGET 50SQL>

The inclusion list can be blanked using the NULL parameter value.

exec dbms_auto_index.configure('AUTO_INDEX_SCHEMA', NULL, allow => TRUE);SQL> @auto_index_config.sql CON_ID PARAMETER_NAME PARAMETER_VALUE---------- ---------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------- 3 AUTO_INDEX_COMPRESSION OFF 3 AUTO_INDEX_DEFAULT_TABLESPACE AUTO_INDEXES_TS 3 AUTO_INDEX_MODE IMPLEMENT 3 AUTO_INDEX_REPORT_RETENTION 31 3 AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_AUTO 373 3 AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_MANUAL 3 AUTO_INDEX_SCHEMA 3 AUTO_INDEX_SPACE_BUDGET 50SQL>

If the ALLOW parameter is set to FALSE, the specified schemas are added to the exclusion list.

exec dbms_auto_index.configure('AUTO_INDEX_SCHEMA', 'TEST', allow => FALSE);exec dbms_auto_index.configure('AUTO_INDEX_SCHEMA', 'TEST2', allow => FALSE);SQL> @auto_index_config.sql CON_ID PARAMETER_NAME PARAMETER_VALUE---------- ---------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------- 3 AUTO_INDEX_COMPRESSION OFF 3 AUTO_INDEX_DEFAULT_TABLESPACE AUTO_INDEXES_TS 3 AUTO_INDEX_MODE IMPLEMENT 3 AUTO_INDEX_REPORT_RETENTION 31 3 AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_AUTO 373 3 AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_MANUAL 3 AUTO_INDEX_SCHEMA schema NOT IN (TEST, TEST2) 3 AUTO_INDEX_SPACE_BUDGET 50SQL>

The exclusion list can be blanked using the NULL parameter value.

exec dbms_auto_index.configure('AUTO_INDEX_SCHEMA', NULL, allow => FALSE);SQL> @auto_index_config.sql CON_ID PARAMETER_NAME PARAMETER_VALUE---------- ---------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------- 3 AUTO_INDEX_COMPRESSION OFF 3 AUTO_INDEX_DEFAULT_TABLESPACE AUTO_INDEXES_TS 3 AUTO_INDEX_MODE IMPLEMENT 3 AUTO_INDEX_REPORT_RETENTION 31 3 AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_AUTO 373 3 AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_MANUAL 3 AUTO_INDEX_SCHEMA 3 AUTO_INDEX_SPACE_BUDGET 50SQL>

Other Configuration

There are other parameters you may wish to consider, which are all explained in detail here.

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  • AUTO_INDEX_COMPRESSION : Undocumented. Presumably used to control the level of compression. Default "OFF".
  • AUTO_INDEX_REPORT_RETENTION : Retention period for automatic indexing logs. Reporting is based on these logs. Default 31 days.
  • AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_AUTO : Retention period for unused automatic indexes. Default 373 days.
  • AUTO_INDEX_RETENTION_FOR_MANUAL : Retention period for unused manually created indexes. When set to NULL, manually created indexes are not considered for removal. Default NULL.
  • AUTO_INDEX_SPACE_BUDGET : Percentage of the default permanent tablespace used to automatic index storage. This parameter is ignored when using the AUTO_INDEX_DEFAULT_TABLESPACE parameter to specify a custom tablespace.

Drop Secondary Indexes

Think very carefully before doing this, and test, test, test!

If you are feeling particularly brave, the DROP_SECONDARY_INDEXES procedure will drop all indexes except those used for constraints. This can be done at table, schema or database level.

-- Table-levelexec dbms_auto_index.drop_secondary_indexes('MY_SCHEMA', 'MY_TABLE');-- Schema-levelexec dbms_auto_index.drop_secondary_indexes('MY_SCHEMA');-- Database-levelexec dbms_auto_index.drop_secondary_indexes;

This leaves you with a clean slate, so automatic indexing can make all your indexing decisions for you.

Drop an Automatic Index

The DROP_AUTO_INDEXES procedure allows us to drop automatically created indexes. Depending on the parameters used, that could be a named index, or all auto-indexes for a schema.

Drop a named index, and make sure it is not recreated. Notice the name is double-quoted.

begin dbms_auto_index.drop_auto_indexes( owner => 'MY_SCHEMA', index_name => '"SYS_AI_512bd3h5nif1a"', allow_recreate => false);end;/

Drop all auto-indexes for a named schema, but allow them to be recreated.

begin dbms_auto_index.drop_auto_indexes( owner => 'MY_SCHEMA', index_name => null, allow_recreate => true);end;/

Drop all auto-indexes for the current schema, but allow them to be recreated.

begin dbms_auto_index.drop_auto_indexes( owner => null, index_name => null, allow_recreate => true);end;/

In the initial release of this feature there wasn't a mechanism to drop a specific index created by the automatic indexing functionality, or to prevent specific indexes from being created in the first place. Franck Pachot wrote about some hacks that will allow you to do it.

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Views

There are several views associated with the automatic indexing feature, as shown below. Only the first is documented in the reference manual at the time of writing.

select view_namefrom dba_viewswhere view_name like 'DBA_AUTO_INDEX%'order by 1;VIEW_NAME--------------------------------------------------------------------------------DBA_AUTO_INDEX_CONFIGDBA_AUTO_INDEX_EXECUTIONSDBA_AUTO_INDEX_IND_ACTIONSDBA_AUTO_INDEX_SQL_ACTIONSDBA_AUTO_INDEX_STATISTICSDBA_AUTO_INDEX_VERIFICATIONSSQL>

In addition, the {CDB|DBA|ALL|USER}_INDEXES views include the AUTO column, which indicates if an index was created by the automatic indexing feature. The following query is available as the auto_indexes.sql script.

column owner format a30column index_name format a30column table_owner format a30column table_name format a30select owner, index_name, index_type, table_owner, table_name table_typefrom dba_indexeswhere auto = 'YES'order by owner, index_name;

Activity Reports

The DBMS_AUTO_INDEX package contains two reporting functions.

DBMS_AUTO_INDEX.REPORT_ACTIVITY ( activity_start IN TIMESTAMP WITH TIME ZONE DEFAULT SYSTIMESTAMP - 1, activity_end IN TIMESTAMP WITH TIME ZONE DEFAULT SYSTIMESTAMP, type IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT 'TEXT', section IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT 'ALL', level IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT 'TYPICAL')RETURN CLOB;DBMS_AUTO_INDEX.REPORT_LAST_ACTIVITY ( type IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT 'TEXT', section IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT 'ALL', level IN VARCHAR2 DEFAULT 'TYPICAL')RETURN CLOB;

The REPORT_ACTIVITY function allows you to display activity over a specified period of time, which defaults to the last day. The REPORT_LAST_ACTIVITY function reports the last automatic indexing operation. Both allow you to tailor the output using the following parameters.

  • TYPE : Allowable values (TEXT, HTML, XML).
  • SECTION : Allowable values (SUMMARY, INDEX_DETAILS, VERIFICATION_DETAILS, ERRORS, ALL). You can also use combinations with the "+" and "-" characters to indicate if something should be included or excluded. For example 'SUMMARY +ERRORS' or 'ALL -ERRORS'.
  • LEVEL : Allowable values (BASIC, TYPICAL, ALL).

Some examples of using these function from SQL are shown below. Notice the quoting of the LEVEL parameter. This is necessary when using this in a SQL call, so it understands this isn't a reference to the LEVEL pseudo-column.

set long 1000000 pagesize 0-- Default TEXT report for the last 24 hours.select dbms_auto_index.report_activity() from dual;-- Default TEXT report for the latest activity.select dbms_auto_index.report_last_activity() from dual;-- HTML Report for the day before yesterday.select dbms_auto_index.report_activity( activity_start => systimestamp-2, activity_end => systimestamp-1, type => 'HTML')from dual;-- HTML report for the latest activity.select dbms_auto_index.report_last_activity( type => 'HTML')from dual;-- XML Report for the day before yesterday with all information.select dbms_auto_index.report_activity( activity_start => systimestamp-2, activity_end => systimestamp-1, type => 'XML', section => 'ALL', "LEVEL" => 'ALL')from dual;-- XML report for the latest activity with all information.select dbms_auto_index.report_last_activity( type => 'HTML', section => 'ALL', "LEVEL" => 'ALL')from dual;set pagesize 14

Here is an example of the output from the default activity report before any indexes have been created.

select dbms_auto_index.report_activity() from dual;GENERAL INFORMATION------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Activity start : 03-JUN-2019 21:59:21 Activity end : 04-JUN-2019 21:59:21 Executions completed : 2 Executions interrupted : 0 Executions with fatal error : 0-------------------------------------------------------------------------------SUMMARY (AUTO INDEXES)------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Index candidates : 0 Indexes created : 0 Space used : 0 B Indexes dropped : 0 SQL statements verified : 0 SQL statements improved : 0 SQL plan baselines created : 0 Overall improvement factor : 0x-------------------------------------------------------------------------------SUMMARY (MANUAL INDEXES)------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Unused indexes : 0 Space used : 0 B Unusable indexes : 0-------------------------------------------------------------------------------ERRORS---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------No errors found.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------SQL>

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Hope this helps. Regards Tim...

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FAQs

Does Oracle automatically create indexes? ›

Oracle enforces a UNIQUE key or PRIMARY KEY integrity constraint by creating a unique index on the unique key or primary key. This index is automatically created by Oracle when the constraint is enabled; no action is required by the issuer of the CREATE TABLE or ALTER TABLE statement to create the index.

How do I turn on auto indexing? ›

After you have completed deployment of your Azure deployment of PMC, auto-indexing needs to be enabled. This is accomplished by using SQL Server Management Studio to update the Auto Index setting of the System Parameters table in the Management Database.

How you can identify that index is not working properly on a table in Oracle? ›

For testing a query that does not use an index, try testing it with a RULE hint (select /*+ RULE */ col1). If the query uses the index with a RULE hint, you know that it's an issue with the CBO.

How does Oracle decide which index to use? ›

Indexes are used in Oracle to provide quick access to rows in a table.
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Columns with one or more of the following characteristics are candidates for indexing:
  1. Values are relatively unique in the column.
  2. There is a wide range of values (good for regular indexes).
  3. There is a small range of values (good for bitmap indexes).

Does primary key automatically create index? ›

A primary index is automatically created for the primary key and ensures that the primary key is unique. You can use the primary index to retrieve and access objects from the database. The unique index is a column, or an ordered collection of columns, for which each value identifies a unique row.

Do indexes automatically update? ›

The Database Engine automatically modifies indexes whenever insert, update, or delete operations are made to the underlying data.

What is the advantage of auto indexing? ›

Advantages of Automatic Indexing

Can help users find information faster and thoroughly. It can be applied to a great number of texts without any hassle. Faster, more reliable and cost-effective compared to manual indexing. Practically it compensates for difference among the terms used in searches and indexing terms.

Does indexing improve performance? ›

Indexing makes columns faster to query by creating pointers to where data is stored within a database. Imagine you want to find a piece of information that is within a large database. To get this information out of the database the computer will look through every row until it finds it.

How can I speed up indexing? ›

Go to Control Panel | Indexing Options to monitor the indexing. The DisableBackOff = 1 option makes the indexing go faster than the default value. You can continue to work on the computer but indexing will continue in the background and is less likely to pause when other programs are running.

How do you resolve indexing issues? ›

To check for this issue, go to yourdomain.com/robots.txt. Both of these lines of code tell Google's crawl bots that they're not allowed to crawl any pages on your site. To fix the issue, simply remove them. This may be the cause of specific pages not being crawled too.

How do I fix indexing problems? ›

Rebuild your search catalog

Note: Depending on the version of Office you're using, you might need to click the Start button, and on the Start menu, right-click Control Panel. Do one of the following: Choose Indexing Options. In the Search box, type Indexing, and then choose Indexing Options.

How do I fix indexing issues? ›

5 Steps To Fix Windows Indexing Problems
  1. #1: Check Network Location Is Being Indexed. ...
  2. #2: Check Search Options for Network Drive. ...
  3. #3: Check Server-Side Indexing. ...
  4. #4: Check Windows Search Status. ...
  5. #5: Check Settings.
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Which columns are good for indexing? ›

Columns with one or more of the following characteristics are good candidates for indexing: Values are unique in the column, or there are few duplicates. There is a wide range of values (good for regular indexes). There is a small range of values (good for bitmap indexes).

How many indexes can be created on a table Oracle? ›

Each table can have up to 999 non-clustered indexes, however the number depends on the number of columns and the possible combinations of columns. What do you need to consider when creating a secondary index on a table?

Which data structure is best for indexing? ›

Data structures for indexing

B-trees are the most commonly used data structures for indexes as they are time-efficient for lookups, deletions, and insertions. All these operations can be done in logarithmic time. Data that is stored inside of a B-tree can be sorted.

Which key have automatically indexes? ›

Yes, primary key is automatically indexed in MySQL because primary key, index, etc gets stored into B-trees. All engines including InnoDB as well as MyISAM automatically supports the primary key to be indexed.

Are indexes used automatically? ›

Indexes are automatically created for primary key constraints and unique constraints.

Which constraint will create an index automatically? ›

PRIMARY KEY or UNIQUE constraint

When you create a PRIMARY KEY constraint, a unique clustered index on the column or columns is automatically created if a clustered index on the table does not already exist and you do not specify a unique nonclustered index. The primary key column cannot allow NULL values.

How do I know if my index is working? ›

In Oracle SQL Developer, when you have SQL in the worksheet, there is a button "Explain Plan", you can also hit F10. After you execute Explain plan, it will show in the bottom view of SQL Developer. There is a column "OBJECT_NAME", it will tell you what index is being used.

What are the three types of indexing? ›

Types of indexes
  • Unique indexes enforce the constraint of uniqueness in your index keys.
  • Bidirectional indexes allow for scans in both the forward and reverse directions.
  • Clustered indexes can help improve the performance of queries that traverse the table in key order.

When should you not use indexing? ›

Indexes should not be used on tables containing few records. Tables that have frequent, large batch updates or insert operations. Indexes should not be used on columns that contain a high number of NULL values. Indexes should not be used on the columns that are frequently manipulated.

What is the advantage and disadvantage of auto indexing? ›

An advantage to automatic indexing is that the computer can easily index and search a document much faster than a person can. The downside is that a person has to make the indexer, and it is possible for the indexer to miss key points because of faulty programming.

What is automatic indexation? ›

Automatic indexing is the computerized process of scanning large volumes of documents against a controlled vocabulary, taxonomy, thesaurus or ontology and using those controlled terms to quickly and effectively index large electronic document depositories.

What is automatic indexing system? ›

Auto-indexing software is a document conversion program that can scan, store and file documents into an optimal and usable format. It works by reading each page of a document before scanning mapped fields into an indexed text file, making it searchable through database queries.

How much do indexes speed up queries? ›

A properly created database index can improve query performance by 99% or more.

What are the disadvantages of indexes? ›

The downside to adding indexes to a table is that they affect the performance of writes. Moreover, improperly created indexes can even adversely affect SELECT queries! Any table configuration where performance suffers due to excessive, improper, or missing indexes is considered to be poor indexing.

Which indexing is faster in SQL? ›

A clustered index may be the fastest for one SELECT statement but it may not necessarily be correct choice. SQL Server indices are b-trees. A non-clustered index just contains the indexed columns, with the leaf nodes of the b-tree being pointers to the approprate data page.

How long can indexing take? ›

2–3 months for websites with 500 to 25,000 pages. 4–12 months for websites with more than 25,000 pages.

How long does DB indexing take? ›

How long does it take to reindex a SQL database? The rebuild times usually should last less than 10 minutes, but depends on the database size. The index rebuild is atomic operation that is not considered a data corruption threat.

Why is indexing so slow? ›

If you have a lower-powered computer with an older, slower hard drive, indexing can place a burden on the system resources, resulting in slower all-around performance as well. If you spend most of your time online working with data that is stored on the internet, the indexing burden should be pretty minimal.

How do I reset indexer? ›

Select an indexer. Select the Reset command, and then select Yes to confirm the action.

Does turning off indexing improve performance? ›

Disabling indexing will increase the time it takes for Windows and other apps to return search results. So, if you have a fast CPU and a standard hard drive, you can keep indexing on. Since hard drives are slow to read, Windows will take longer searching for files without indexed data.

What happens if I disable indexing? ›

Disable Indexing to Fix Performance Issues

After disabling the Search Indexer, you can still use Windows Search normally to locate an application, a specific setting, etc. After disabling it, the only difference would be the inability to search for specific files and file contents.

Can you index Match 2 columns? ›

Unlike VLOOKUP, INDEX-MATCH can index multiple columns for fillable output. In other words, the array can be multiple columns. When properly using referencing, you can pull a formula across a sheet and fill multiple columns.

Can you index 2 columns? ›

An index can be defined on more than one column of a table. For example, if you have a table of this form: CREATE TABLE test2 ( major int, minor int, name varchar );

Can I index all columns? ›

No, you should not index all of your columns, and there's several reasons for this: There is a cost to maintain each index during an insert, update or delete statement, that will cause each of those transactions to take longer. It will increase the storage required since each index takes up space on disk.

Can a table have 2 index? ›

It is possible for an index to have two or more columns. Multi column indexes are also known as compound or concatenated indexes. Let us look at a query that could use two different indexes on the table based on the WHERE clause restrictions. We first create these indexes.

How many index is too much? ›

Sometimes, even just 5 indexes are too many.

When you have a table where insert and delete speeds are absolutely critical, and select speeds don't matter, then you can increase performance by cutting down on your indexes.

What is the maximum number of index per table? ›

You cannot create global clustered indexes on range-, list-, or hash-partitioned tables. You can create a maximum of 249 nonclustered indexes per table.

Are indexes stored in memory? ›

An index is usually maintained as a B+ Tree on disk & in-memory, and any index is stored in blocks on disk. These blocks are called index blocks. The entries in the index block are always sorted on the index/search key.

What are the most common indexing methods? ›

The indexing method means the approach used to measure the amount of change, if any, in the index. Some of the most common indexing methods include ratcheting (annual reset), and point-to-point.

What are the basic techniques of indexing? ›

Two main types of indexing methods are 1)Primary Indexing 2) Secondary Indexing. Primary Index is an ordered file which is fixed length size with two fields. The primary Indexing is also further divided into two types 1)Dense Index 2)Sparse Index.

Are SQL indexes created automatically? ›

A unique index is automatically created when you define a primary key or unique constraint: Primary key: When you define a primary key constraint on one or more columns, SQL Server automatically creates a unique, clustered index if a clustered index does not already exist on the table or view.

What is the default index created in Oracle? ›

Oracle Database supports several types of index: Normal indexes. (By default, Oracle Database creates B-tree indexes.)

What is auto indexing SQL? ›

The automatic indexing feature automates the index management tasks in an Oracle database. Automatic indexing automatically creates, rebuilds, and drops indexes in a database thus improving database performance.

Is foreign key automatically an index? ›

MySQL requires that foreign key columns be indexed; if you create a table with a foreign key constraint but no index on a given column, an index is created. Information about foreign keys on InnoDB tables can also be found in the INNODB_FOREIGN and INNODB_FOREIGN_COLS tables, in the INFORMATION_SCHEMA database.

Does Oracle automatically index foreign keys? ›

In Oracle Designer, when defining relationships between entities and execute "Design Transformer" to generate tables, Designer generates automatically indexes for foreign keys in the Server Model.

Do foreign keys automatically get indexed? ›

When you define a foreign key constraint in your database table, an index will not be created automatically on the foreign key columns, as in the PRIMARY KEY constraint situation in which a clustered index will be created automatically when defining it.

How many indexes can be created on a table? ›

Each table can have up to 999 nonclustered indexes, regardless of how the indexes are created: either implicitly with PRIMARY KEY and UNIQUE constraints, or explicitly with CREATE INDEX . For indexed views, nonclustered indexes can be created only on a view that has a unique clustered index already defined.

What happens if index is created on all columns? ›

An index does not only take space up on disk. More importantly, it occupies memory. And, memory contention is often the factor that determines query performance. In general, building an index on every column will occupy more space than then original data.

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