I am running a batch class that queries Line_Item__c in our production org. The query is executed in start method of Batch class. Since we have a total of more than 12 million records in our database for Line_Item__c, the execution is being terminated without any error. As a hotfix, I indexed query using specific accounts, which I received by generating report on Line_Item__c, and it ran within seconds. How can I apply a permanent fix for this? (Batch size is gives as 200 in execute batch from where the class is called) Here goes my code:

global class Batchclass implements Database.Batchable<SObject>{

    public Date invDate;

    public Batchclass(Date batInvDate){
        invDate = batInvDate;

    global Database.QueryLocator start(Database.BatchableContext BC){
        String query = 'SELECT {around 50 fields} FROM Line_Item__c WHERE Package_Type__c != NULL AND Post_Status__c = \'unposted\' AND Invoice_Date__c = :invDate';
        return Database.getQueryLocator(query);

    global void execute(Database.BatchableContext BC, List<Line_Item__c> LIList){

        if (LIList.size() > 0) {

    global void finish(Database.BatchableContext BC) {
        // execute any post-processing operations
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    Have you tried using the query optimizer to check performance? You have just three parts to your filter Package_Type__c != NULL AND Post_Status__c = \'unposted\' AND Invoice_Date__c = :invDate. Null checks are non-optimal. Strings and dates can be indexed, through the use of the Winter '23 CustomIndex object. This used to be something that only Salesforce Support could do if you raised a case, but it is now self-service on your custom objects. You have to use the Tooling or Metadata API to handle this, I believe.
    – Phil W
    Dec 28, 2022 at 13:59
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    See this documentation and be aware that this self-service is rather new and lacking documentation. See metadata coverage.
    – Phil W
    Dec 28, 2022 at 14:05

1 Answer 1


If you need to segment your data 10 times, you could use 10 queuable methods, each method will call a batch from a segment of data. You could segment your data using the soql LIMIT keyword for instance.

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