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Re: Recursive optimization of IN subqueries

From: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com
Cc: "'Dennis Haney'" <davh(at)diku(dot)dk>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Recursive optimization of IN subqueries
Date: 2004-01-27 17:27:31
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"Simon Riggs" <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com> writes:
>> Tom Lane writes
>> In particular, the optimization paths that involve unique-ifying the
>> subselect output and then using it as the outer side of a join would
>> definitely not work for these sorts of things.

> I'm not sure if I've understood you correctly in the section above. Are
> you saying that these types of queries don't have a meaningful or
> defined response? Or just that they wouldn't be very well optimized as a
> result of the unique-ifying code changes?

I mean that if the unique-ifying implementation were used, it'd deliver
the wrong answer (too many rows out).  You could possibly carry through
a set of extensions to check which kind of sub-SELECT was in use and not
apply transformations that aren't correct, but it'd be a great deal more
complexity for something of marginal value.  As far as I've seen, people
don't use inequalities in ANY/ALL subselects very much, and so I'm not
excited about complicating the planner to support them better.

			regards, tom lane

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