If you are on 10.3, you might consider, as a space reclamation issue for large objects was resolved (http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-4050) between 10.3 and  According to that defect, the upgraded version ( will still not reclaim space lost prior to the update, so a full offline compression is required.


On Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 10:03 AM, T K <sanokistoka@yahoo.com> wrote:
We have a horrific performance issue with a table of 13 rows, each one containing a very small blob, because the table is presumably full of dead rows and we are table-scanning; here's part of the explain plan:

                        Source result set:
                                Table Scan ResultSet for SOMETABLE at read committed isolation level using instantaneous share row locking chosen by the optimizer
                                        Number of columns fetched=4
                                        Number of pages visited=8546
                                        Number of rows qualified=13
                                        Number of rows visited=85040
                                        optimizer estimated cost:       787747.94

So I assume I have over 85,000 dead rows in the table, and compressing it does not reclaim the space. In fact, because we keep adding and deleting rows, the performance gets worse by the hour, and according to the above plan, Derby has processed over 32MB of data just to match 4 of the 13 rows. For the time being, I want to optimize this table scan before I resort to indices and/or reusing rows. This is with Derby 10.3

Any thoughts?