Routine Database Maintenance in PostgreSQL

Routing database maintenance is an essential part of managing a PostgreSQL database.


Vacuuming is one of the most common tasks we’ll need to perform as part of this maintenance process.

Database vacuuming is the process of removing old or stale records from a database. These records may have become corrupted or outdated, and vacuuming helps to reduce the database size by reclaiming the storage space that’s no longer used as a result of record deletions and updates. It helps us improve the performance of our database.

Performing a vacuum on a database

There are several steps involved in performing a vacuum on a PostgreSQL database. First, we must identify the tables or indexes that need to be vacuumed. We can do this by running a query or using a graphical tool, such as the PostgreSQL administration utility pgAdmin.

Once we’ve identified the objects that need to be vacuumed, we need to run a command to initiate the vacuuming process by running a vacuum query at the table level or database level.

The VACUUM command

We can use the VACUUM query in PostgreSQL to initiate the vacuuming process on our database. To run a VACUUM query, we can use the following syntax:

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