Rebuilds indexes in a database.


reindexdb [<connection-option> ...] [--table | -t <table> ] 
        [--index | -i <index> ] [<dbname>]

reindexdb [<connection-option> ...] --all | -a

reindexdb [<connection-option> ...] --system | -s [<dbname>]

reindexdb -? | --help

reindexdb -V | --version


reindexdb is a utility for rebuilding indexes in Greenplum Database.

reindexdb is a wrapper around the SQL command REINDEX. There is no effective difference between reindexing databases via this utility and via other methods for accessing the server.


-a | --all
Reindex all databases.
[-d] dbname | [--dbname=]dbname
Specifies the name of the database to be reindexed. If this is not specified and -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.
-e | --echo
Echo the commands that reindexdb generates and sends to the server.
-i index | --index=index
Recreate index only.
-q | --quiet
Do not display a response.
-s | --system
Reindex system catalogs.
-t table | --table=table
Reindex table only. Multiple tables can be reindexed by writing multiple -t switches.
-V | --version
Print the reindexdb version and exit.
-? | --help
Show help about reindexdb command line arguments, and exit.

Connection Options

-h host | --host=host
Specifies the host name of the machine on which the Greenplum master database server is running. If not specified, reads from the environment variable PGHOST or defaults to localhost.
-p port | --port=port
Specifies the TCP port on which the Greenplum master database server is listening for connections. If not specified, reads from the environment variable PGPORT or defaults to 5432.
-U username | --username=username
The database role name to connect as. If not specified, reads from the environment variable PGUSER or defaults to the current system user name.
-w | --no-password
Never issue a password prompt. If the server requires password authentication and a password is not available by other means such as a .pgpass file, the connection attempt will fail. This option can be useful in batch jobs and scripts where no user is present to enter a password.
-W | --password
Force a password prompt.
Specifies the name of the database to connect to discover what other databases should be reindexed. If not specified, the postgres database will be used, and if that does not exist, template1 will be used.


reindexdb causes locking of system catalog tables, which could affect currently running queries. To avoid disrupting ongoing business operations, schedule the reindexb operation during a period of low activity.

reindexdb might need to connect several times to the master server, asking for a password each time. It is convenient to have a ~/.pgpass file in such cases.


To reindex the database mydb:

reindexdb mydb

To reindex the table foo and the index bar in a database named abcd:

reindexdb --table foo --index bar abcd

See Also


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