Detecting indexes, tables and packages not used on DB2

DB2, from version 9.7, allows to know easily what indexes are not being used in a Database. The query is also for tables and packages.

This is a useful tool for tuning indexes and detecting problems in their use.

After version 9.7 DB2 includes a new LASTUSED field in the SYSCAT.INDEXES, SYSCAT.TABLES and SYSCAT.PACKAGES tables.

This field indicates the date of last use of indexes, tables or packages.

For example, to query unused indexes since 1/1/2019, you could use this simple query:

Search more accessed tables in DB2

 It’s relatively simple and unfamiliar tool for the novices: db2top.

Using the option “T” (tables) and sorting the list (key “z”) using column 1.

The first position will be for the most accessed table.

If there is much difference between that and the rest during an appreciable period of normal use of the database, these tables would be candidates to improve their access or optimice their access to improve the overall performance,


db2look – Create DDL for table or full schema

Db2look is an utility to extract the definition of database objects. It also allows some really interesting statistics to extract objects for export to other test environments / integration plans and get the same access to objects.

In this article we will see more frequent usefulness.

DDL extraction of the objects in my schema:

db2look -d MI_BBDD -a -e -x -o FICHERO_SALIDA.txt

Extraction of the DDL of the DEPT table:

db2look -d MI_BBDD -t DEPT -a -e -x -o FICHERO_SALIDA.txt


To include statistics to have to use the “-m” option.

Query to obtain Cache Hit Ratio on IBM DB2

The cache hit ratio is one of the indicators used for tuning tasks. It Measures the percentage of hits in memory, specifically in the bufferpools (each of them).

To get the cache hit ratio for each buffer pool configured to run this query:



Tuning DB2: Snapshots

To tune a database is useful to create snapshots that capture information from different structures/components of the instance.

In this post we show how they can be used to perform an analysis of tuning.

First of all, the monitor switches must be on to collect data from the different structures.

The state monitors are available as follows: