16.20 - FREESPACE PERCENT - Teradata Database - Teradata Vantage NewSQL Engine

Teradata Vantage™ SQL Data Definition Language Detailed Topics

Teradata Database
Teradata Vantage NewSQL Engine
Release Number
March 2019
Content Type
Programming Reference
Publication ID
English (United States)

Specify this option to modify the free space percentage for a table.

Not all Teradata Database operations honor the freespace percentage you specify in an ALTER TABLE request. See the table in the topic FREESPACE PERCENT for lists of which operations honor the specified freespace percentage and which do not.
Do not use the Ferret utility PACKDISK command to change this value once you have created a table or have modified its FREESPACE PERCENT with an ALTER TABLE request.

Instead, submit an ALTER TABLE request to change the free space percent value for the table and then immediately afterward submit a PACKDISK command that specifies the same free space percent value you set with that ALTER TABLE request (see the documentation for the Ferret utility in Teradata Vantage™ - Database Utilities , B035-1102 for more information and instructions for running PACKDISK).

The reason for this is as follows: if you manually submit a PACKDISK command and specify a free space percentage on the command line, PACKDISK packs or unpacks the cylinders for the table to match the specified free space percentage. However, if the free space percentage you specify differs from the value specified for the table when it was created or most recently altered, Teradata Database starts a new AutoCylPack task immediately after PACKDISK completes, and this AutoCylPack operation nullifies the free space percentage you had just specified with PACKDISK to realign it with the free space percentage specified when you created or last altered the table.