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Is it normal that functions are so much faster than inline queries

From: "Olivier Hubaut" <olivier(at)scmbb(dot)ulb(dot)ac(dot)be>
To: pgsql-sql(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Is it normal that functions are so much faster than inline queries
Date: 2004-03-31 12:28:10
Message-ID: opr5qac8iq94ope3@olivier.amaze.ulb.ac.be (view raw or flat)
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I'm doing some test on our PgSQL 7.3.4 and I can't believe what I see:

When I want to execute this set of queries in a function:

DELETE FROM oly.amaze_log_report WHERE batch = $1 ;

INSERT INTO oly.amaze_log_report
SELECT $1, 'DATA', 'MISSING_NEWREF_DECLARATION', 'ERROR', tmp.error_count,  
'Missing NEW reference declaration for ' || tmp.class_name || '.' ||  
tmp.feature_name FROM (
    SELECT count (DISTINCT LDO.new_value) AS error_count, LDO.class AS  
class_name, LDO.feature AS feature_name
    FROM oly.amaze_log_database_object AS LDO
    LEFT JOIN oly.amaze_log_object AS LO ON ((LO.batch, LO.id) =  
(LDO.batch, LDO.new_value))
    WHERE LDO.batch = $1 AND LO.batch IS NULL GROUP BY LDO.class,  
LDO.feature
) AS tmp WHERE tmp.error_count > 0 ;

SELECT count(*) AS error_count FROM oly.amaze_log_report WHERE batch = $1;

It takes only 2 seconds.

But when I tried to do it directly in the psql term (replacing the $1  
value with the same used in the function call), I'm obliged to kill the  
second query after 10 minutes because it's still runnning!

I'm really wondering why the functions are so fast comparing to the  
classical SQL statement. Any ideas?

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