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Re: 'Index Full Scan' for Index Scan without Index Cond

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: ITAGAKI Takahiro <itagaki(dot)takahiro(at)oss(dot)ntt(dot)co(dot)jp>
Cc: pgsql-patches(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: 'Index Full Scan' for Index Scan without Index Cond
Date: 2006-06-06 14:02:19
Message-ID: 15940.1149602539@sss.pgh.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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ITAGAKI Takahiro <itagaki(dot)takahiro(at)oss(dot)ntt(dot)co(dot)jp> writes:
> Indexes are used for two purpose, for selection and for ordering, but EXPLAIN
> shows them as 'Index Scan' in both cases. This patch changes EXPLAIN output of
> Index Scan without Index Cond to 'Index Full Scan'.

This'll break existing tools that examine EXPLAIN output (eg, pgAdmin);
I don't really think it does enough for readability to justify that.
IMHO it'd be better to just add a paragraph to the documentation
pointing out what an indexscan without index condition means.

			regards, tom lane

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