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PostgreSQL 9 Administration Cookbook - Second Edition by Simon Riggs, Gianni Ciolli, Hannu Krosing, Gabriele Bartolini

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Knowing when a table was last used

Once you come to know that a table is not used currently, the next question is "when was it last used?"

Getting ready

Get access to the database as a superuser or to the database host computer as a postgres system user.

How to do it…

PostgreSQL does not have any built-in "last used" information about tables, so you have to use other means to figure it out.

If you have set up a cron job to collect usage statistics, as described in the previous chapter, then it is relatively easy to find out the last date of change using a SQL query.

Other than this, there are basically two possibilities, neither of which gives you absolutely reliable answers.

You can either look at actual timestamps of the files in which the data is ...

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