CLUSTERDB(1) PostgreSQL Client Applications CLUSTERDB(1)NAMEclusterdb - cluster a PostgreSQL database
SYNOPSISclusterdb [ connection-option... ] [ [ --verbose ] [ -v ] ] [
--table | -t table ] [ dbname ]
clusterdb [ connection-option... ] [ [ --all ] [ -a ] ] [ [
--verbose ] [ -v ] ]
DESCRIPTIONclusterdb is a utility for reclustering tables in a PostgreSQL data‐
base. It finds tables that have previously been clustered, and clusters
them again on the same index that was last used. Tables that have never
been clustered are not affected.
clusterdb is a wrapper around the SQL command CLUSTER [cluster(7)].
There is no effective difference between clustering databases via this
utility and via other methods for accessing the server.
OPTIONSclusterdb accepts the following command-line arguments:
--all Cluster all databases.
Specifies the name of the database to be clustered. If this is
not specified and -a (or --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.
--echo Echo the commands that clusterdb generates and sends to the
Do not display progress messages.
Cluster table only.
Print detailed information during processing.
clusterdb also accepts the following command-line arguments for connec‐
Specifies the host name of the machine on which the server is
running. If the value begins with a slash, it is used as the
directory for the Unix domain socket.
Specifies the TCP port or local Unix domain socket file exten‐
sion on which the server is listening for connections.
User name to connect as.
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.
Force clusterdb to prompt for a password before connecting to a
This option is never essential, since clusterdb will automati‐
cally prompt for a password if the server demands password
authentication. However, clusterdb will waste a connection
attempt finding out that the server wants a password. In some
cases it is worth typing -W to avoid the extra connection
PGUSER Default connection parameters
This utility, like most other PostgreSQL utilities, also uses the envi‐
ronment variables supported by libpq (see in the documentation).
In case of difficulty, see CLUSTER [cluster(7)] and psql(1) for discus‐
sions of potential problems and error messages. The database server
must be running at the targeted host. Also, any default connection set‐
tings and environment variables used by the libpq front-end library
To cluster the database test:
$ clusterdb test
To cluster a single table foo in a database named xyzzy:
$ clusterdb--table foo xyzzy
Application 2013-10-08 CLUSTERDB(1)