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Re: Joins, Deletes and Indexes

From: Richard Huxton <dev(at)archonet(dot)com>
To: Butkus_Charles(at)emc(dot)com
Cc: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Joins, Deletes and Indexes
Date: 2005-02-23 08:39:47
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Butkus_Charles(at)emc(dot)com wrote:
> I've got 2 tables defined as follows:
> CREATE TABLE "cluster"
> (
>   id int8 NOT NULL DEFAULT nextval('serial'::text),
>   clusterid varchar(255) NOT NULL,
>   ...
>   CONSTRAINT pk_cluster PRIMARY KEY (id)
> ) 
> CREATE TABLE sensorreport
> (
>   id int8 NOT NULL DEFAULT nextval('serial'::text),
>   clusterid int8 NOT NULL,
>   ...
>   CONSTRAINT pk_sensorreport PRIMARY KEY (id),
>   CONSTRAINT fk_sensorreport_clusterid FOREIGN KEY (clusterid) REFERENCES
> ) 
> I've defined an Index on the clusterid field of sensorreport.

Looking further down, perhaps an index on cluster.clusterid too.

> So I've run into 2 issues, one a SELECT, the other a DELETE;
> SELECT issue:
> So the following query:
> EXPLAIN ANALYZE select * from sensorreport where clusterid = 25000114;
> Yields:
> "Index Scan using idx_sensorreport_clusterid on sensorreport
> (cost=0.00..2.01 rows=1 width=129) (actual time=0.000..0.000 rows=38
> loops=1)"
> "  Index Cond: (clusterid = 25000114)"
> "Total runtime: 0.000 ms"
> However, when using a join as follows (in the cluster table id=25000114
> clusterid='clusterid1'):
> EXPLAIN ANALYZE select * from sensorreport as a join cluster as c on =
> a.clusterid where c.clusterid = 'clusterid1';

You don't say what version you're using, but older versions of PG took a 
literal join as a request to plan a query in that order. Try rewriting 
it without the "join" keyword and see if the plan alters.

> Yields:
> Hash Join  (cost=1.18..566211.51 rows=1071429 width=287) (actual
> time=150025.000..150025.000 rows=38 loops=1)
>   Hash Cond: ("outer".clusterid = "inner".id)
>   ->  Seq Scan on sensorreport a  (cost=0.00..480496.03 rows=15000003
> width=129) (actual time=10.000..126751.000 rows=15000039 loops=1)
>   ->  Hash  (cost=1.18..1.18 rows=1 width=158) (actual time=0.000..0.000
> rows=0 loops=1)
>         ->  Seq Scan on "cluster" c  (cost=0.00..1.18 rows=1 width=158)
> (actual time=0.000..0.000 rows=1 loops=1)
>               Filter: ((clusterid)::text = 'clusterid1'::text)
> Total runtime: 150025.000 ms
> My question is can I get the join query to use the
> idx_sensorreport_clusterid index on the sensorreport table?

The only reason to use the index on sensorreport is if it isn't going to 
match many rows. That means we want to run the restriction on 
"clisterid1" first, which suggests you want that index on table cluster.

> DELETE issue:
> The statement:
> EXPLAIN ANALYZE delete from cluster where clusterid='clusterid99'
> Yields:
>  Seq Scan on "cluster"  (cost=0.00..1.18 rows=1 width=6) (actual
> time=0.000..0.000 rows=1 loops=1)
>    Filter: ((clusterid)::text = 'clusterid99'::text)
>  Total runtime: 275988.000 ms
> I'm assuming that the length of the delete is because the "DELETE RESTRICT"
> on the foreign key from sensortable.
> Again, is there any way to get the delete to use the
> idx_sensorreport_clusterid index?

No, because this is the cluster table, not sensorreport :-)

   Richard Huxton
   Archonet Ltd

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