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Automatic Indexes: Automatically Rebuild Unusable Indexes Part III (“Waiting For The Man”) May 17, 2022

Posted by Richard Foote in 19c, 19c New Features, Automatic Indexing, Autonomous Database, Autonomous Transaction Processing, Exadata, Full Table Scans, Manual Indexes, Mixing Auto and Manual Indexes, Oracle, Oracle Blog, Oracle Cloud, Oracle General, Oracle Indexes, Oracle19c, Unusable Indexes.

I’ve previously discussed how Automatic Indexing (AI) will not only create missing indexes, but will also rebuild unusable indexes, be it a Global or Local index.

However, all my previous examples have been with Automatic Indexes. How does AI handle unusable indexes in which the indexes were manually created?

In my first demo, I’ll start by creating a basic non-partitioned table:

SQL> create table bowie_stuff (id number, album_id number, country_id number, release_date date, total_sales number);

Table created.

SQL> insert into bowie_stuff select rownum, mod(rownum,5000)+1, mod(rownum,100)+1, sysdate-mod(rownum,2800),
ceil(dbms_random.value(1,500000)) FROM dual CONNECT BY LEVEL <= 10000000;

10000000 rows created.

SQL> commit;

Commit complete.

SQL> exec dbms_stats.gather_table_stats(ownname=> null, tabname=> 'BOWIE_STUFF');

PL/SQL procedure successfully completed.

We next manually create an index on the highly selective TOTAL_SALES column:

SQL> create index bowie_stuff_total_sales_i on bowie_stuff(total_sales);

Index created.

Let’s now invalidate the index by re-organising the table without the online clause:

SQL> alter table bowie_stuff move;

Table altered.

SQL> select index_name, status from user_indexes where table_name='BOWIE_STUFF';

INDEX_NAME                     STATUS
------------------------------ --------

So the index is now in an UNUSABLE state.

To perk up the interest of AI, I’ll run a number of queries such as the following with a predicate condition on TOTAL_SALES:

select * from bowie_stuff where total_sales=42;

18 rows selected.

Execution Plan
Plan hash value: 910563088

| Id | Operation          | Name        | Rows | Bytes | Cost (%CPU) | Time     |
|  0 | SELECT STATEMENT   |             |   20 |   520 |    7427 (2) | 00:00:01 |
|* 1 |  TABLE ACCESS FULL | BOWIE_STUFF |   20 |   520 |    7427 (2) | 00:00:01 |

Predicate Information (identified by operation id):

1 - storage("TOTAL_SALES"=42)

          0 recursive calls
          0 db block gets
      42746 consistent gets
      42741 physical reads
          0 redo size
       1392 bytes sent via SQL*Net to client
         52 bytes received via SQL*Net from client
          2 SQL*Net roundtrips to/from client
          0 sorts (memory)
          0 sorts (disk)
         18 rows processed

Without a valid index, the CBO has no choice but to perform an expensive full table scan.

However, it doesn’t matter how long I wait or how many different queries I run similar to the above, AI currently will never rebuild an unusable index if the index was manually created.

AI will only rebuild unusable automatically created indexes.

I’ve discussed previously how automatic and manually created indexes often don’t gel well together and is one of the key reasons why Oracle recommends dropping all manually created secondary indexes if you wish to implement AI (using the DBMS_AUTO_INDEX.DROP_SECONDARY_INDEXES procedure, which I’ll discuss in a future post).

Things can get a little interesting with AI, if the underlining table is partitioned and you have manually created unusable indexes.

As I’ll discuss in my next post…


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