On Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 7:25 AM, Manolo <manolo(dot)espa(at)gmail(dot)com> wrote:
> I created a patch for PostgreSQL even if i'm not a PostgreSQL user. I
> just wanted to implement an idea for possibly getting better External
> Sorting module on PostgreSQL just using some basic C programming
> knowledge and now I'm facing to using PostgreSQL for a while in order to
> test my patch.
> My patch "activates" when user is trying to sort a load of data more or
> less twice bigger than his available memory (e.g.: sorting 5GB of data
> just disposing of 1GB of available memory)
OK, we kinda already have that covered.
> First of all I want to realise my patch does sorts correctly or not. But
> it's a little bit difficult to check when
> SELECT * FROM huge_table ORDER BY a_column_of_huge_table;
> means checking a 4 or 5 GB result...
5GB is nothing, but I'll continue...
> Is there a way to discover if data is sorted correctly other than
> spending 2 months taking a look to the 5 GB result tuples, one by one?
I'm trying to understand this. You wrote a patch to improve external
sorting... and, you're not sure how to test whether it sorted
correctly? I don't mean to be rude, but am I missing something here?
To your question, just sort the output and run checksums against the
output for comparison.
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