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Re: AW: Unwanted index fragmentation

Posted By: John Miller iii
Date: Tuesday, 22 January 2008, at 9:33 a.m.

In Response To: AW: Unwanted index fragmentation (

Actually index on varchar columns do not allocate the maximum
space in the index, but only allocate the space required by
the data. Here is a little test which print out the data in the index

I create a table with a varchar column sized of 200 bytes, create an
index insert two rows filling just a small portion of the row. I then
print out the index to see the size of each row. As you
can see each index slot is only 10 and 12 bytes long, not the
200 bytes of the fully sized varchar column.


create table vchar (c1 varchar(200));
create index vchar_ix1 on vchar(c1);
insert into vchar values("JOHN");
insert into vchar values("MILLER");

oncheck -pp 2097217 1
addr stamp chksum nslots flag type frptr frcnt n=
2:2430 6418868 f8a9 2 b0 BTREE 46 10182 0=


slot ptr len flg

1 24 10 0

2 34 12 0
slot 1:

0: 4 4a 4f 48 4e 0 0 1 1 0 .JOHN.........=
slot 2:

0: 6 4d 49 4c 4c 45 52 0 0 1 2 0 .MILLER.......=


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Indices on varchar-columns always allocate the maximum possible column
to store the index keys.


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> Betreff: Unwanted index fragmentation [11046]
> Re-sizing a database for migration and taking care to get the extent
> just how we want them, I was shocked to see indexes immediately grabb=
> 20+
> extents. It seems worse on tables with lots of varchars, where I've
> pulled the extent sizes back to suit the actual rather than maximum r=
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