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Re: How long will the query take

From: Andreas Kretschmer <akretschmer(at)spamfence(dot)net>
To: pgsql-general(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: How long will the query take
Date: 2010-03-29 16:24:24
Message-ID: 20100329162424.GA11633@tux (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
Lists: pgsql-general
Bill Moran <wmoran(at)potentialtech(dot)com> wrote:

> > No, not really. But you can (and should) run EXPLAIN <your query> to
> > obtain the execution plan for that query, und you can show us this plan
> > (and the table-definition for all included tables). Maybe someone is able
> > to tell you what you can do to speed up your query.
> To piggyback on this ... EXPLAIN _is_ the way to know how long your
> query will take, but keep in mind it's only an _estimate_.
> Given that, in my experience EXPLAIN is pretty accurate 90% of the
> time, as long as you analyze frequently enough.

As far as i know, EXPLAIN _can't_ say how long a query will take, it
returns only a COST, not a TIME.

Or can you tell me how long this query will be take?

test=# explain select * from foo;
                      QUERY PLAN
 Seq Scan on foo  (cost=0.00..34.00 rows=2400 width=4)
(1 Zeile)

Okay, it's a really little table and a really simple plan ... but
imagine, i have a table with 100 millions rows and a) a slow disk and b)
a fast SSD.

You can't say how long the query will runs, even an estimate, okay?

Really, I'm not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely
unintentional side effect.                              (Linus Torvalds)
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