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Should the optimizer optimize "current_date - interval '1 days'" (fwd)

From: Ron Mayer <ron(at)intervideo(dot)com>
To: <pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Cc: Ron Mayer <ron(at)intervideo(dot)com>
Subject: Should the optimizer optimize "current_date - interval '1 days'" (fwd)
Date: 2002-06-03 19:37:48
Message-ID: Pine.LNX.4.33.0206031236310.12984-100000@ron (view raw or flat)
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On a very big table (a data warehouse with >10 million rows), I frequently
run queries looking at the past few days.

However queries like this:
   select count(*)
     from fact
    where dat > (current_date - interval '1 days');
never uses the index I have on "fact".  (Thanks to previous queries it's now
ordered by 'dat' so the correlation in pg_stats is '1'.).

However if I toss on an extra where clause with a constant like
   select count(*)
     from fact
    where dat > (current_date - interval '1 days')
      and dat > '2002-05-20';
it hapily uses the index (at least for the second comparison).


Should it treat my current_dat... expression as a constant and use
the index?  Or is there a good reason it doesn't?

    Thanks,
    Ron


PS: This seems true even if I "set enable_seqscan to off".

logs2=# set enable_seqscan to off;
logs2=# explain
logs2-#   select count(*) from fact
logs2-#   where dat > (current_date - interval '1 days');
NOTICE:  QUERY PLAN:

Aggregate  (cost=101265332.77..101265332.77 rows=1 width=0)
  ->  Seq Scan on fact  (cost=100000000.00..101231544.46 rows=13515325 width=0)


logs2=# explain
logs2-#   select count(*)
logs2-#      from fact
logs2-#     where dat > (current_date - interval '1 days')
logs2-#       and dat > '2002-05-20';
NOTICE:  QUERY PLAN:

Aggregate  (cost=198729.54..198729.54 rows=1 width=0)
  ->  Index Scan using i__fact__dat on fact  (cost=0.00..194279.24
rows=1780119 width=0)

EXPLAIN
logs2=#


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