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Call of function inside trigger much slower than explicit function call

From: Alexander Gorban <alex(dot)gorban(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Call of function inside trigger much slower than explicit function call
Date: 2009-02-17 16:17:14
Message-ID: 1234887434.14815.37.camel@gas-laptop (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
Lists: pgsql-performance

I have table containing bytea and text columns. It is my storage for
image files and it's labels. Labels can be 'original' and 'thumbnail'.
I've C-function defined in *.so library and corresponding declaration in
postgres for scaling image. This function scale image and insert it into
the same table with the label 'thumbnail'. I have trigger on before
insert or update on the table which make thumbnail for image labeled as

Inserting single image into the table takes about 3 SECONDS!. But call
of scaling function directly in psql command prompt is approximately 20
times faster. If I comment out scaling function call in the trigger,
insertion, and it is evident, becomes immediate (very fast).

Here my somehow pseudo code:

CREATE TABLE images_meta
 data bytea,
 label text

CREATE FUNCTION imscale(data bytea, width integer)
  RETURNS integer AS '', 'imscale' LANGUAGE 'c';

CREATE FUNCTION auto_scale() RETURNS trigger AS $$
    notused integer;
    IF NEW.label = 'original' THEN
      notused := imscale(, 128);
    END IF;


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