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Re: slow result

From: Bill Moran <wmoran(at)collaborativefusion(dot)com>
To: Laurent Manchon <lmanchon(at)univ-montp2(dot)fr>
Cc: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: slow result
Date: 2007-01-23 13:53:25
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In response to Laurent Manchon <lmanchon(at)univ-montp2(dot)fr>:
> I have a slow response of my PostgreSQL database 7.4 using this query below
> on a table with 800000 rows:
> select count(*)from tbl;
> PostgreSQL return result in 28 sec every time.
> although MS-SQL return result in 0.02 sec every time.
> My server is a DELL PowerEdge 2600 with bi-processor Xeon at 3.2 Ghz
> with 3GBytes RAM

While there's truth in everything that's been said by others, the query
should not take _that_ long.  I just tried a count(*) on a table with
460,000 rows, and it took less than a second.  count(*) in PostgreSQL
is not likely to compare to most other RDBMS for the reasons others have
stated, but counting 800,000 rows shouldn't take 28 seconds.

The standard question applies: have you vacuumed recently?

> My PostgreSQL Conf is
> *********************
> log_connections = yes
> syslog = 2
> effective_cache_size = 50000
> sort_mem = 10000
> max_connections = 200
> shared_buffers = 3000
> vacuum_mem = 32000
> wal_buffers = 8
> max_fsm_pages = 2000
> max_fsm_relations = 100
> Can you tell me is there a way to enhence performance ?

On our 4G machines, we use shared_buffers=240000 (which equates to about
2G).  The only reason I don't set it higher is that FreeBSD has a limit on
shared memory of 2G.

The caveat here is that I'm running a mix of 8.1 and 8.2.  There have been
significant improvements in both the usage of shared memory, and the
optimization of count(*) since 7.4, so the first suggestion I have is to
upgrade your installation.

Bill Moran
Collaborative Fusion Inc.

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