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> ive two serious problems with postgresql (latest version):
> 1.) i seem to be unable (well, i _am_ ;-) to create an index
> on a text field and then have that index being used if
> i perform a search using ~*, ~~, and related operators.
> i found out that these operators can only successfully
> be implemented if i use box* field types etc. this is a real
> pain, since i have that database with more than 70,000
> entries and it always does a sequential scan.
> a query might look like
> "select * from table where field ~* 'string'" or
> "select * from table where field ~~ '%string%' etc.
> there are indices (hash, btree, (field text_ops)), but
> they wont be used.
> can anybody of you possibly help me any further on this issue?
Indexes on strings can only be used if the start of the string is
anchored with ^ because the index only sorts the strings starting with
the first character.
I have added this to the FAQ, which is on the web site.
> 2.) another thing i noticed is that while "~*" is supposed to
> perform a case insensitive search, it does not. i havent
> checked too much into the bug behind it (like "all ascii
> values > 127 ..."), but the typical austrian and german
> characters like "ae" with two dots (forgot the terminologically
> exact name, forgive me) etc. will not be searched
> properly, thus, if i have a field entry with
> and perform a search with
> ... ~* 'aeyadayada',
> it wont find anything, i have to use ~* 'AEyadayada'.
> opinions on that one woul dbe appreciated as well!
Not sure how we handle this. I don't think we handle this, but we
should, but it is hard.
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