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Re: When to rebuild the index?

From: Chirag DBA <>
Date: Tue, 6 Sep 2005 12:41:55 -0400
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This is a very good document Brandon. Thank you.  But if there is no DML on the table but still index will be used on different criterias.
 Think that there is an index on multiple columns.  Still the index wont get splitted for SELECT statements. This is gonna use an index heavily.
 If it is so then on large DW databases where mainly there is a report generation is done, never need to rebuild the indexes?  I am bit confused abt this.
 Regards - Chirag

 On 9/6/05, Allen, Brandon <> wrote:
> No, a select cannot cause an index split, and index splits do not
> necessarily warrant rebuilding anyway. Check out the following paper for
> an excellent of discussion of when (very rarely) and why to rebuild indexes,
> or do a search on <>:
> You have to run ANALYZE INDEX index_name VALIDATE STRUCTURE; to populate
> the index_stats view - and beware that this analyze will require a lock so
> you may want to run it after hours.
> Regards,
> Brandon
> -----Original Message-----
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> *Subject:* When to rebuild the index?
> Hi Guys,
> I think that even select statement will make the index split and require
> the rebuilding. Am I true? I think I am.
> And there is a view called index_stats with column height.
> I have read that when the value of this column is >= 4, u need to rebuild
> the indexes.
> But after analyzing the particular schema, I don see any value to get
> populated in this view.
> I can see last analyzed value changed in dba_indexes when I analyze the
> schema with DBMS_STATS. ANALYZE_SCHEMA package.
> Why this is so?
> Regards - Chirag
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