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query cost too high, anyway to reduce it

From: nair rajiv <rajivnair(at)gnu(dot)org>
To: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: query cost too high, anyway to reduce it
Date: 2009-12-04 10:15:25
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CREATE TABLE gbobjects
  ssid bigint NOT NULL,
  nid character varying NOT NULL,
  inid bigint NOT NULL,
  uid bigint NOT NULL,
  status character varying,
  noofchanges integer NOT NULL,
  fieldschanged character varying[] NOT NULL,
  changetype bigint[] NOT NULL,
  noofcommits integer NOT NULL,
  noofchangesaftercommit integer NOT NULL,
  history bigint[] NOT NULL,
  gbtimestamp timestamp with time zone DEFAULT now(),
  rendered_nbh text,
  nbh text,
  CONSTRAINT gbobjects_pkey PRIMARY KEY (ssid)
ALTER TABLE gbobjects OWNER TO postgres;

-- Index: nid_object

CREATE INDEX nid_object
  ON gbobjects
  USING btree


We populated the table with data and used EXPLAIN

dbpedia=# EXPLAIN   SELECT   nid,max(ssid) FROM gbobjects  where ssid<=
100000  group by nid  ;

              QUERY PLAN
 GroupAggregate  (cost=20966.03..22944.49 rows=98923 width=27)
   ->  Sort  (cost=20966.03..21213.34 rows=98923 width=27)
         Sort Key: nid
         ->  Index Scan using ssid_object on gbobjects  (cost=0.00..10388.88
rows=98923 width=27)
               Index Cond: (ssid <= 100000)

Total rows : *875459 *

*The cost is very high. Is there a way to reduce the cost ?. We have kept
postgresql configuration files as it is i.e. they are the default
files.* Can the cost be reduced by changing some parameters in
postgresql.conf file. If yes which are those parameters ?

*Operating system used : ubuntu-9.04
postgresql version : 8.3
Ram : 2 GB

Thank you in advance
Rajiv nair


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