Markus Bertheau <twanger(at)bluetwanger(dot)de> writes:
> , 25.07.2004, 16:40, Jean-Luc Lachance :
>> Better yet:
>> SELECT * FROM table WHERE phrase ~ '^[0-9]';
> Not so sure if that's better - the regex engines aren't the fastest.
[ raised eyebrow... ] I was under the impression that we had a pretty
good one as of PG 7.4. Have you tested it lately?
It is true that the above won't be indexable whereas the more tedious OR
form potentially could use an index. This is not the fault of the regex
engine however, but of limited understanding of regexes in the planner.
regards, tom lane
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