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Re: create index with substr function

From: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Ray <ray_siu(at)ge-ts(dot)com(dot)hk>, pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: create index with substr function
Date: 2004-10-21 06:13:32
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Tom Lane wrote:

>"Ray" <ray_siu(at)ge-ts(dot)com(dot)hk> writes:
>>CREATE INDEX idx_doc_substr_doc_urn ON doc USING btree (SUBSTR(doc_urn,10));
>>ERROR:  parser: parse error at or near "10" at character 68
>This will work in 7.4, but not older releases.
Can't you just use a SQL function that calls the substr function? I have 
done that with date functions before

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION get_month(text) returns double precision AS '
   SELECT date_part('month',$1);

CREATE INDEX get_month_idx on foo(get_month(date_field));

Or in this case:

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION sub_text(text) returns text AS '
      SELECT SUBSTR($1,10) from foo;

CREATE INDEX sub_text_idx ON foo(sub_text(doc_urn));

This works on 7.3.6???


Joshua D. Drake

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