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Re: IN list processing performance (yet again)

From: Stephan Szabo <sszabo(at)megazone23(dot)bigpanda(dot)com>
To: Dave Tenny <tenny(at)attbi(dot)com>
Cc: <pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: IN list processing performance (yet again)
Date: 2003-05-28 14:54:26
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On Wed, 28 May 2003, Dave Tenny wrote:

> Having grepped the web, it's clear that this isn't the first or last
> time this issue will be raised.
> My application relies heavily on IN lists.  The lists are primarily
> constant integers, so queries look like:
> SELECT val FROM table WHERE id IN (43, 49, 1001, 100002, ...)
> Performance is critical, and the size of these lists depends a lot on
> how the larger 3-tier applicaiton is used,
> but it wouldn't be out of the question to retrieve 3000-10000 items.
> PostgreSQL 7.3.2 seems to have a lot of trouble with large lists.

It gets converted into a sequence like col=list[0] or col=list[1] and it
seems the planner/optimizer is taking at least a large amount of time for
me given that explain takes just over 80 seconds for a 9900 item list on
my machine (I don't have a data filled table to run the actual query

The best plan may be generated right now from making a temporary
table, copying the values into it, and joining.

> 2) What is the expected acceptable limit for the number of items in an
> IN list predicate such as
>       those used here.  (List of constants, not subselects).

As a note, 7.4 by default seems to limit it to 10000 unless you up
max_expr_depth afaics.

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