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Re: Scaling concerns

From: "Steinar H(dot) Gunderson" <sgunderson(at)bigfoot(dot)com>
To: tsuraan <tsuraan(at)gmail(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Scaling concerns
Date: 2006-12-16 17:32:21
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On Sat, Dec 16, 2006 at 11:26:02AM -0600, tsuraan wrote:
> Even an operation like "select count(*) from messages" can take minutes,
> with a totally idle system.  Postgres seems to be the most scalable Free
> database out there, so I must be doing something wrong.

Unqualified SELECT COUNT(*) FROM foo is one of the most expensive operations
you can do on your system, since the visibility information has to be checked
on disk for each row. Instead, try real queries on real data, and post here
if some are too slow for you.

/* Steinar */

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