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Re: Performance on inserts

From: Hannu Krosing <hannu(at)tm(dot)ee>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Thomas Lockhart <lockhart(at)alumni(dot)caltech(dot)edu>, Jules Bean <jules(at)jellybean(dot)co(dot)uk>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Performance on inserts
Date: 2000-08-26 07:26:26
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Tom Lane wrote:
> Thomas Lockhart <lockhart(at)alumni(dot)caltech(dot)edu> writes:
> > What is the status of
> > partial indices? Are they functional now, or have they been broken
> > forever (I'm not recalling)?
> They've been diked out of gram.y's syntax for CREATE INDEX at least
> since Postgres95.  No way to tell who did that, why or when, AFAIK.
> There is still an awful lot of support code for them, however.

I suspect that current indexes don't store nulls (and are thereby 
partial indexes in relation to nulls ;)

At least the following suggests it:
hannu=> explain select * from test1 where i=777;

Index Scan using test1_i_ndx on test1  (cost=2.05 rows=2 width=8)

hannu=> explain select * from test1 where i is null;

Seq Scan on test1  (cost=3144.36 rows=27307 width=8)

As the logic to include or not include something in index seems to be
for nulls (and thus can't be very badly bit-rotten) it should be
possible to 
extend it for simpler =x or in(x,y,z) conditions.

> I have no good way to guess how much bit-rot has occurred in all that
> unexercised code ... but it'd be interesting to try to get it going
> again.

Of course the IS NULL case may just be hard-wired in the optimiser in
case there may be not much use of current code. 

IIRC Postgres95 was the first postgres with SQL, so if already that did
have partial indexes then no SQL-grammar for postgreSQL had. (Or maybe 
Illustra did but it was a separate effort anyway ;)


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