I tried the following to find out whether a table has any records
with field1 < X (for a constant X):
tgl=> SELECT EXISTS(SELECT * FROM table WHERE field1 < X);
ERROR: internal error: do not know how to transform targetlist
Is this a bug? (I'm using development sources from yesterday.)
Am I using EXISTS() incorrectly? The examples I've been able to find
only show it as a part of a WHERE clause.
If it did work, would it be any faster than a table scan? The code
I was hoping to replace is like this:
SELECT COUNT(field1) WHERE field1 < X;
// test whether result > 0
Since aggregates aren't optimized very well, this ends up reading
much or all of the table, even if there is an index for field1.
I was hoping EXISTS() might be smarter...
regards, tom lane
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