|Oracle9i SQL Reference
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INDEX statement to create an index on
An index is a schema object that contains an entry for each value that appears in the indexed column(s) of the table or cluster and provides direct, fast access to rows. Oracle supports several types of index:
To create an index in your own schema, one of the following conditions must be true:
INDEXobject privilege on the table to be indexed.
To create an index in another schema, you must have
INDEX system privilege. Also, the owner of the schema to contain the index must have either the
TABLESPACE system privilege or space quota on the tablespaces to contain the index or index partitions.
To create a domain index in your own schema, in addition to the prerequisites for creating a conventional index, you must also have
EXECUTE privilege on the indextype. If you are creating a domain index in another user's schema, the index owner also must have
EXECUTE privilege on the indextype and its underlying implementation type. Before creating a domain index, you should first define the indextype.
To create a function-based index in your own schema on your own table, in addition to the prerequisites for creating a conventional index, you must have the
REWRITE system privilege. To create the index in another schema or on another schema's table, you must have the
REWRITE privilege. In both cases, the table owner must also have the
EXECUTE object privilege on the function(s) used in the function-based index. In addition, in order for Oracle to use function-based indexes in queries, the
QUERY_REWRITE_ENABLED parameter must be set to
TRUE, and the
QUERY_REWRITE_INTEGRITY parameter must be set to
UNIQUE to indicate that the value of the column (or columns) upon which the index is based must be unique. If the index is local nonprefixed (see
local_partitioned_index), then the index key must contain the partitioning key.
UNIQUEfor a domain index.
BITMAP to indicate that
index is to be created with a bitmap for each distinct key, rather than indexing each row separately. Bitmap indexes store the rowids associated with a key value as a bitmap. Each bit in the bitmap corresponds to a possible rowid, and if the bit is set, it means that the row with the corresponding rowid contains the key value. The internal representation of bitmaps is best suited for applications with low levels of concurrent transactions, such as data warehousing.
Oracle does not index table rows in which all key columns are null except in the case of bitmap indexes. Therefore, if you want an index on all rows of a table, you must either specify
BITMAPwhen creating a global partitioned index.
BITMAPfor a domain index.
Specify the schema to contain the index. If you omit
schema, Oracle creates the index in your own schema.
Specify the name of the index to be created.
cluster_index_clause to identify the cluster for which a cluster index is to be created. If you do not qualify cluster with
schema, Oracle assumes the cluster is in your current schema. You cannot create a cluster index for a hash cluster.
Specify the table (and its attributes) on which you are defining the index. If you do not qualify
schema, Oracle assumes the table is contained in your own schema.
You create an index on a nested table column by creating the index on the nested table storage table. Include the
NESTED_TABLE_ID pseudocolumn of the storage table to create a
UNIQUE index, which effectively ensures that the rows of a nested table value are distinct.
tablemust be partitioned.
REVERSEfor this secondary index, and the combined size of the index key and the logical rowid should be less than half the block size.
tableis a temporary table, the index will also be temporary with the same scope (session or transaction) as
table. The following restrictions apply to indexes on temporary table:
You can perform DDL operations (such as
Specify a correlation name (alias) for the table upon which you are building the index.
This alias is required if the
index_expr, specify the column or column expression upon which the index is based.
Specify the name of a column in the table. A bitmap index can have a maximum of 30 columns. Other indexes can have as many as 32 columns.
You can create an index on a scalar object attribute column or on the system-defined
NESTED_TABLE_ID column of the nested table storage table. If you specify an object attribute column, the column name must be qualified with the table name. If you specify a nested table column attribute, it must be qualified with the outermost table name, the containing column name, and all intermediate attribute names leading to the nested table column attribute.
You cannot create an index on columns or attributes whose type is user-defined,
RAW, LOB, or
REF, except that Oracle supports an index on
REF type columns or attributes that have been defined with a
Specify an expression built from columns of
table, constants, SQL functions, and user-defined functions. When you specify
column_expression, you create a function-based index.
Name resolution of the function is based on the schema of the index creator. User-defined functions used in
column_expression are fully name resolved during the
After creating a function-based index, collect statistics on both the index and its base table using the
ANALYZE statement. Oracle cannot use the function-based index until these statistics have been generated.
column_expressionis not null. However, Oracle will use a function-based index in a query even if the columns specified in the
WHEREclause are in a different order than their order in the
column_expressionthat defined the function-based index.
DISABLED. Queries on a
DISABLEDindex fail if the optimizer chooses to use the index. DML operations on a
DISABLEDindex fail unless the index is also marked
UNUSABLEand the parameter
SKIP_UNUSABLE_INDEXESis set to
ALTER SESSION for more information on this parameter
column_expression, and later an actual object with the same name is created in the table owner's schema, then Oracle will disable the function-based index. When you subsequently enable the function-based index using
REBUILD, the function, package, or type used in the
column_expressionwill continue to resolve to the function, package, or type to which the public synonym originally pointed. It will not resolve to the new function, package, or type.
NLS_COMP). Oracle handles the conversions correctly even if these have been reset at the session level.
column_expressioncannot be the partitioning key.
column_expressioncan be any form of expression except a scalar subquery expression
column_expressionmust return a repeatable value. For example, you cannot specify the
USERfunction or the
column_expressioncannot contain any aggregate functions.
DESC to indicate whether the index should be created in ascending or descending order. Indexes on character data are created in ascending or descending order of the character values in the database character set.
Oracle treats descending indexes as if they were function-based indexes. You do not need the
REWRITE privileges to create them, as you do with other function-based indexes. However, as with other function-based indexes, Oracle does not use descending indexes until you first analyze the index and the table on which the index is defined. See the
column_expression clause of this statement.
You cannot specify either of these clauses for a domain index. You cannot specify
DESC for a reverse index. Oracle ignores
index is bitmapped or if the
COMPATIBLE initialization parameter is set to a value less than 8.1.0.
Specify the index attributes using the clauses of
physical_attributes_clause to establish values for physical and storage characteristics for the index.
If you omit this clause, Oracle uses the following default values:
You cannot specify the
PCTUSED parameter for an index.
tablespace, specify the name of the tablespace to hold the index, index partition, or index subpartition. If you omit this clause, Oracle creates the index in the default tablespace of the owner of the schema containing the index.
For a local index, you can specify the keyword
DEFAULT in place of
tablespace. New partitions or subpartitions added to the local index will be created in the same tablespace(s) as the corresponding partitions or subpartitions of the underlying table.
COMPRESS to enable key compression, which eliminates repeated occurrence of key column values and may substantially reduce storage. Use
integer to specify the prefix length (number of prefix columns to compress).
Oracle compresses only nonpartitioned indexes that are nonunique or unique indexes of at least two columns.
You cannot specify
COMPRESS for a bitmap index.
NOCOMPRESS to disable key compression. This is the default.
By default, Oracle sorts indexes in ascending order when it creates the index. You can specify
NOSORT to indicate to Oracle that the rows are already stored in the database in ascending order, so that Oracle does not have to sort the rows when creating the index. If the rows of the indexed column or columns are not stored in ascending order, Oracle returns an error. For greatest savings of sort time and space, use this clause immediately after the initial load of rows into a table. If you specify neither of these keywords,
SORT is the default.
REVERSEwith this clause.
REVERSE to store the bytes of the index block in reverse order, excluding the rowid.
NOSORTwith this clause.
Specify whether the creation of the index will be logged (
LOGGING) or not logged (
NOLOGGING) in the redo log file. This setting also determines whether subsequent Direct Loader (SQL*Loader) and direct-path
INSERT operations against the index are logged or not logged.
LOGGING is the default.
index is nonpartitioned, this clause specifies the logging attribute of the index.
index is partitioned, this clause determines:
CREATEstatement (unless you specify the
The logging attribute of the index is independent of that of its base table.
If you omit this clause, the logging attribute is that of the tablespace in which it resides.
ONLINE to indicate that DML operations on the table will be allowed during creation of the index.
ONLINEand then issue parallel DML statements, Oracle returns an error.
ONLINEfor a bitmap index or a cluster index.
ONLINEfor a conventional index on a
Oracle9i Database Concepts for a description of online index building and rebuilding
STATISTICS to collect statistics at relatively little cost during the creation of an index. These statistics are stored in the data dictionary for ongoing use by the optimizer in choosing a plan of execution for SQL statements.
The types of statistics collected depend on the type of index you are creating.
If you create an index using another index (instead of a table), the original index might not provide adequate statistical information. Therefore, Oracle generally uses the base table to compute the statistics, which will improve the statistics but may negatively affect performance.
Additional methods of collecting statistics are available in PL/SQL packages and procedures.
parallel_clause if you want creation of the index to be parallelized.
The syntax of the
NOPARALLEL for serial execution. This is the default.
PARALLEL if you want Oracle to select a degree of parallelism equal to the number of CPUs available on all participating instances times the value of the
PARALLEL_THREADS_PER_CPU initialization parameter.
integer indicates the degree of parallelism, which is the number of parallel threads used in the parallel operation. Each parallel thread may use one or two parallel execution servers. Normally Oracle calculates the optimum degree of parallelism, so it is not necessary for you to specify
global_partitioned_index clause and the
local_partitioned_index clauses to partition
The storage of partitioned database entities in tablespaces of different block sizes is subject to several restrictions. Please refer to Oracle9i Database Administrator's Guide for a discussion of these restrictions.
global_partitioned_index clause lets you specify that the partitioning of the index is user defined and is not equipartitioned with the underlying table. By default, nonpartitioned indexes are global indexes. Oracle will partition the global index on the ranges of values from the table columns you specify in
column_list. You cannot specify this clause for a local index.
column_list must specify a left prefix of the index column list. That is, if the index is defined on columns
c, then for
column_list you can specify
c), or (
b), or (
c), but you cannot specify (
(c) or (
ROWIDpseudocolumn or a column of type
If your enterprise has or will have databases using different character sets, use caution when partitioning on character columns. The sort sequence of characters is not identical in all character sets.
Oracle9i Database Globalization Support Guide for more information on character set support
Use this clause to describe the individual index partitions. The number of repetitions of this clause determines the number of partitions. If you omit
partition, Oracle generates a name with the form
value_list), specify the (noninclusive) upper bound for the current partition in a global index. The value list is a comma-delimited, ordered list of literal values corresponding to the column list in the
global_partitioned_index clause. Always specify
MAXVALUE as the value of the last partition.
If the index is partitioned on a
local_partitioned_index clauses let you specify that the index is partitioned on the same columns, with the same number of partitions and the same partition bounds as
table. Oracle automatically maintains
LOCAL index partitioning as the underlying table is repartitioned.
This clause lets you specify the names and attributes of index partitions on a range-partitioned table. If you specify this clause, then the number of
PARTITION clauses must be equal to the number of table partitions, and in the same order. If you omit
partition, then Oracle generates a name that is consistent with the corresponding table partition. If the name conflicts with an existing index partition name, then Oracle uses the form SYS_P
on_list_partitioned_table clause is identical to
This clause lets you specify names and tablespace storage for index partitions on a hash-partitioned table.
If you specify any
PARTITION clauses, then the number of these clauses must be equal to the number of table partitions. If you omit
partition, then Oracle generates a name that is consistent with the corresponding table partition. If the name conflicts with an existing index partition name, then Oracle uses the form SYS_P
n. You can optionally specify tablespace storage for one or more individual partitions. If you do not specify tablespace storage either here or in the
IN clause, then Oracle stores each index partition in the same tablespace as the corresponding table partition.
IN clause lets you specify one or more tablespaces across which Oracle will distribute all the index hash partitions. The number of tablespaces does not have to equal the number of index partitions. If the number of index partitions is greater than the number of tablespaces, Oracle cycles through the names of the tablespaces.
This clause lets you specify the name and tablespace storage of index partitions on a composite-partitioned table.
IN clause is valid only for range-hash composite-partitioned tables. It lets you specify one or more default tablespaces across which Oracle will distribute all index hash subpartitions. You can override this storage by specifying different tablespace storage for the subpartitions of an individual partition in the second
IN clause in the
For range-list composite-partitioned tables, you can specify default tablespace storage for the list subpartitions in the
PARTITION clause. You can override this storage by specifying different tablespace storage for the list subpartitions of an individual partition in the
SUBPARTITION clause of the
This clause lets you specify names and tablespace storage for index hash subpartitions in a composite-partitioned table.
IN clause is valid only for hash subpartitions of a range-hash composite-partitioned table. It lets you specify one or more tablespaces across which Oracle will distribute all the index hash subpartitions. The
SUBPARTITION clause is valid for subpartitions of both range-hash and range-list composite-partitioned tables.
If you specify any
SUBPARTITION clauses, then the number of those clauses must be equal to the number of table subpartitions. If you omit
subpartition, then Oracle generates a name that is consistent with the corresponding table subpartition. If the name conflicts with an existing index subpartition name, then Oracle uses the form
The number of tablespaces does not have to equal the number of index subpartitions. If the number of index subpartitions is greater than the number of tablespaces, Oracle cycles through the names of the tablespaces.
If you do not specify tablespace storage for subpartitions either in the
on_comp_partitioned_table clause or in the
index_subpartition_clause, then Oracle uses the tablespace specified for
index. If you also do not specify tablespace storage for
index, then Oracle stores the subpartition in the same tablespace as the corresponding table subpartition.
domain_index_clause to indicate that
index is a domain index, which is an instance of an application-specific index of type
Creating a domain index requires a number of preceding operations. You must first create an implementation type for an indextype. You must also create a functional implementation and then create an operator that uses the function. Next you create an indextype, which associates the implementation type with the operator. Finally, you create the domain index using this clause.
Appendix D, "Examples", contains an example of a simple domain index, including all of these operations. The examples are collected in one appendix because they would be difficult to follow if scattered throughout this reference under their appropriate SQL statements.
table_index_clause), specify the table columns or object attributes on which the index is defined. You can define multiple domain indexes on a single column only if the underlying indextypes are different and the indextypes support a disjoint set of user-defined operators.
table_index_clause) can specify only a single column, and the column cannot be of datatype
REF, varray, nested table,
indextype, specify the name of the indextype. This name should be a valid schema object that you have already defined.
If you have installed Oracle Text, you can use various built-in indextypes to create Oracle Text domain indexes. For more information on Oracle Text and the indexes it uses, please refer to Oracle Text Reference.
parallel_clause to parallelize creation of the domain index. For a nonpartitioned domain index, Oracle passes the explicit or default degree of parallelism to the ODCIIndexCreate cartridge routine, which in turn establishes parallelism for the index.
Oracle9i Data Cartridge Developer's Guide for complete information on the ODCI routines
PARAMETERS clause, specify the parameter string that is passed uninterpreted to the appropriate ODCI indextype routine. The maximum length of the parameter string is 1000 characters.
When you specify this clause at the top level of the syntax, the parameters become the default parameters for the index partitions. If you specify this clause as part of the
PARTITION] clause, you override any default parameters with parameters for the individual partition.
Once the domain index is created, Oracle invokes the appropriate ODCI routine. If the routine does not return successfully, the domain index is marked
FAILED. The only operations supported on an failed domain index are
INDEX and (for non-local indexes)
Oracle9i Data Cartridge Developer's Guide for information on these routines
bitmap_join_index_clause to define a bitmap join index. A bitmap join index is defined on a single table. For an index key made up of dimension table columns, it stores the fact table rowids corresponding to that key. In a data warehousing environment, the table on which the index is defined is commonly referred to as a fact table, and the tables with which this table is joined are commonly referred to as dimension tables. However, a star schema is not a requirement for creating a join index.
ON clause, first specify the fact table, and then inside the parentheses specify the columns of the dimension tables on which the index is defined.
FROM clause, specify the joined tables.
WHERE clause, specify the join condition.
If the underlying fact table is partitioned, you must also specify one of the
local_partitioned_index clauses (see
In addition to the restrictions on bitmap indexes in general (see BITMAP), the following restrictions apply to bitmap join indexes:
local_index_clausesunless the fact table is partitioned.
Oracle9i Data Warehousing Guide for information on fact and dimension tables and on using bitmap indexes in a data warehousing environment
The following statement shows how the sample index
ord_customer_ix on the
customer_id column of the sample table
oe.orders was created:
To create the
ord_customer_ix index with the
COMPRESS clause, you might issue the following statement:
The index will compress repeated occurrences of
customer_id column values.
The following statement collects statistics on the
ord_customer_ix_demo index during its creation:
The type of statistics collected depends on the type of index you are creating.
If the sample table
orders had been created using a fast parallel load (so all rows were already sorted), you could issue the following statement to quickly create an index.
/* Unless you first sort the table oe.orders, this example fails because you cannot specify NOSORT unless the base table is already sorted. */ CREATE INDEX ord_customer_ix_demo ON orders (order_mode) NOSORT NOLOGGING;
To create an index for the
personnel cluster, which was created in "Creating a Cluster: Example", issue the following statement:
No index columns are specified, because the index is automatically built on all the columns of the cluster key. For cluster indexes, all rows are indexed.
The following example creates an index on the area element of the
xwarehouses table (created in "XMLType Table Examples"):
Such an index would greatly improve the performance of queries that select from the table based on, for example, the square footage of a warehouse, as shown in this statement:
SELECT e.getClobVal() AS warehouse FROM xwarehouses e WHERE EXISTSNODE(VALUE(e),'/Warehouse[Area>50000]') = 1;
The following statement creates a function-based index on the
employees table based on an uppercase evaluation of the
See the "Prerequisites" for the privileges and parameter settings required when creating function-based indexes.
To ensure that Oracle will use the index rather than performing a full table scan, be sure that the value of the function is not null in subsequent queries. For example, this statement is guaranteed to use the index:
SELECT first_name, last_name FROM employees WHERE UPPER(last_name) IS NOT NULL ORDER BY UPPER(last_name);
However, without the
WHERE clause, Oracle may perform a full table scan.
In the next statements showing index creation and subsequent query, Oracle will use index
income_ix even though the columns are in reverse order in the query:
CREATE INDEX income_ix ON employees(salary + (salary*commission_pct)); SELECT first_name||' '||last_name "Name" FROM employees WHERE (salary*commission_pct) + salary > 15000;
The following statement uses the function created in "Using a Packaged Procedure in a Function: Example" to create a function-based index on a LOB column in the sample
pm schema. The example then collects statistics on the function-based index and selects rows from the sample table
print_media where that
CLOB column has fewer than 1000 characters.
CREATE INDEX src_idx ON print_media(text_length(ad_sourcetext)); ANALYZE INDEX src_idx COMPUTE STATISTICS; SELECT product_id FROM print_media WHERE text_length(ad_sourcetext) < 1000; PRODUCT_ID ---------- 3060 2056 3106 2268
This example entails an object type
rectangle containing two number attributes:
area() method computes the area of the rectangle.
CREATE TYPE rectangle AS OBJECT ( length NUMBER, width NUMBER, MEMBER FUNCTION area RETURN NUMBER DETERMINISTIC ); CREATE OR REPLACE TYPE BODY rectangle AS MEMBER FUNCTION area RETURN NUMBER IS BEGIN RETURN (length*width); END; END;
Now, if you create a table
rect_tab of type
rectangle, you can create a function-based index on the
area() method as follows:
You can use this index efficiently to evaluate a query of the form:
The following statement creates a global prefixed index
amount_sold on the sample table
sh.sales with three partitions that divide the range of costs into three groups:
CREATE INDEX cost_ix ON sales (amount_sold) GLOBAL PARTITION BY RANGE (amount_sold) (PARTITION p1 VALUES LESS THAN (1000), PARTITION p2 VALUES LESS THAN (2500), PARTITION p3 VALUES LESS THAN (MAXVALUE));
The following statement creates a local index on the
product_id column of the
product_information_part partitioned table (which was created in"Hash Partitioning Example") . The
IN clause immediately following
LOCAL indicates that
product_information_part is hash partitioned. Oracle will distribute the hash partitions between the
The creator of the index needs quote on the tablespaces specified. See CREATE TABLESPACE for the examples that created these tablespaces.
The following statement creates a local index on the
composite_sales table, which was created in "Composite-Partitioned Table Examples". The
STORAGE clause specifies default storage attributes for the index. However, this default is overridden for the five subpartitions of partitions
q4_2000, because separate
TABLESPACE storage is specified.
The creator of the index must have quota on the tablespaces specified. See CREATE TABLESPACE for the creation of tablespaces
CREATE INDEX sales_ix ON composite_sales(time_id, prod_id) STORAGE (INITIAL 1M MAXEXTENTS UNLIMITED) LOCAL (PARTITION q1_1998, PARTITION q2_1998, PARTITION q3_1998, PARTITION q4_1998, PARTITION q1_1999, PARTITION q2_1999, PARTITION q3_1999, PARTITION q4_1999, PARTITION q1_2000, PARTITION q2_2000 (SUBPARTITION pq2001, SUBPARTITION pq2002, SUBPARTITION pq2003, SUBPARTITION pq2004, SUBPARTITION pq2005, SUBPARTITION pq2006, SUBPARTITION pq2007, SUBPARTITION pq2008), PARTITION q3_2000 (SUBPARTITION c1 TABLESPACE tbs_1, SUBPARTITION c2 TABLESPACE tbs_1, SUBPARTITION c3 TABLESPACE tbs_1, SUBPARTITION c4 TABLESPACE tbs_1, SUBPARTITION c5 TABLESPACE tbs_1), PARTITION q4_2000 (SUBPARTITION pq4001 TABLESPACE tbs_2, SUBPARTITION pq4002 TABLESPACE tbs_2, SUBPARTITION pq4003 TABLESPACE tbs_2, SUBPARTITION pq4004 TABLESPACE tbs_2) );
The following creates a bitmap join index on the table
oe.product_information_part, which was created in "Hash Partitioning Example":
CREATE BITMAP INDEX product_bm_ix ON product_information_part(list_price) TABLESPACE tbs_1 LOCAL(PARTITION ix_p1 TABLESPACE tbs_2, PARTITION ix_p2, PARTITION ix_p3 TABLESPACE tbs_3, PARTITION ix_p4, PARTITION ix_p5 TABLESPACE tbs_4 );
product_information_part is a partitioned table, the bitmap join index must be locally partitioned.
In this example, the user must have quota on tablespaces specified. See CREATE TABLESPACE for examples that create tablespaces
The sample table pm
.print_media contains a nested table column
ad_textdocs_ntab, which is stored in storage table
textdocs_nestedtab. The following example creates a unique index on storage table
NESTED_TABLE_ID ensures distinct rows in nested table column
You can build an index on attributes of the declared type of a substitutable column. In addition, you can reference the subtype attributes by using the appropriate
TREAT function. The following example uses the table
books, which is created in "Substitutable Table and Column Examples". The statement creates an index on the
salary attribute of all employee authors in the
The target type in the argument of the
TREAT function must be the type that added the attribute being referenced. In the example, the target of
employee_t, which is the type that added the
If this condition is not satisfied, Oracle interprets the
TREAT function as any functional expression and creates the index as a function-based index. For example, the following statement creates a function-based index on the
salary attribute of part-time employees, assigning nulls to instances of all other types in the type hierarchy.
You can also build an index on the type-discriminant column underlying a substitutable column by using the
Oracle uses the type-discriminant column to evaluate queries that involve the
The following statement creates a bitmap index on the typeid of the author column of the books table: