Barring any objections, I intend to apply this patch tomorrow. The
patch, as well as the original -patches email, are included below.
On Wed, 2004-11-24 at 11:15 +1100, Neil Conway wrote:
> This patch makes some improvements to the rtree index implementation:
> (1) Keep a pin on the scan's current buffer and mark buffer. This avoids
> the need to do a ReadBuffer() for each tuple produced by the scan.
> (2) Convert a ReleaseBuffer() ; ReadBuffer() pair into
> ReleaseAndReadBuffer(). Surely not a huge win, but it saves a lock
> (3) Remove a bunch of duplicated code in rtget.c; make rtnext() handle
> both the "initial result" and "subsequent result" cases.
> (4) Add support for index tuple killing
> (5) Remove rtscancache(): it is dead code, for the same reason that
> gistscancache() is dead code (an index scan ought not be invoked with
> The end result is about a 10% improvement in index scan performance,
> according to contrib/rtree_gist/bench.
> These changes (with the exception of #2) are analogous to changes I've
> already made for GiST (it's clear that GiST was started as a fork of
> rtree). I'm not hugely interested in further improvements to rtree; I
> just did this stuff because it is low-hanging fruit and I've already
> made the same changes for GiST.
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