Index Advisor components v16
The Index Advisor shared library interacts with the query planner to make indexing recommendations.
On Windows, the EDB Postgres Advanced Server installer creates the shared library in the
libdir subdirectory of your EDB Postgres Advanced Server home directory. The shared library is:
For Linux, install the
edb-as<xx>-server-indexadvisor RPM package, where
<xx> is the EDB Postgres Advanced Server version number. The shared library is:
Only a superuser can load libraries in the
libdir directory. A database administrator can allow a non-superuser to use Index Advisor by manually copying the Index Advisor file from the
libdir directory into the
libdir/plugins directory under your EDB Postgres Advanced Server home directory. Only allow a trusted non-superuser to have access to the plugin. This is an unsafe practice in a production environment.
The installer also creates the Index Advisor utility program and setup script:
A utility program that reads a user-supplied input file containing SQL queries and produces a text file containing
CREATE INDEX statements. You can use these statements to create the indexes recommended by the Index Advisor. The
pg_advise_index program is located in the
bin subdirectory of the EDB Postgres Advanced Server home directory.
pg_advise_index asks the backend process to load the index_advisor plugin first from
$libdir/plugins. If not found, then it writes the error in the server log file and attempts to load from
Index Advisor logs indexing recommendations in the
index_advisor_log table. If Index Advisor doesn't find the
index_advisor_log table in the user's search path, it stores any indexing recommendations in a temporary table of the same name. The temporary table exists only for rest of the current session.
A PL/pgSQL function that interprets and displays the recommendations made during a specific Index Advisor session, as identified by its backend process ID.
Index Advisor creates the
index_recommendations view based on information stored in the
index_advisor_log table during a query analysis. The view produces output in the same format as the
show_index_recommendations() function but contains Index Advisor recommendations for all stored sessions. The result set returned by the
show_index_recommendations() function is limited to a specified session.