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Re: partial indexes not used on parameterized queries?

From: Dirk Lutzebäck <lutzeb(at)aeccom(dot)com>
To: Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>
Cc: pgsql-bugs(at)postgresql(dot)org, Sven Geisler <sgeisler(at)aeccom(dot)com>
Subject: Re: partial indexes not used on parameterized queries?
Date: 2006-07-10 11:35:40
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Hi Simon,

are you sure this has not been changed? I'm pretty sure my code worked a 
while ago. We are using Perl DBD::Pg on the client side and almost never 
pass parameters inside the SQL string for security reasons. I can't say 
if it broke from 8.0 -> 8.1 for us or in one of the minor 8.1 releases.

In any case I would see this as a security problem because you cannot 
control sql code injection easily (as with using DBD::Pg) if you have to 
pass parameters in the SQL string to use partial indexes.



Simon Riggs wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-07-10 at 12:22 +0200, Dirk Lutzebäck wrote:
>> we are using postgresql 8.1.4 and found that partial indexes are not
>> being used when the query is run using parameters, eg. in a function.
>> When running the same query with arguments passed in the query string
>> partial indexes are being used.
>> Any clues? Has this behaviour changed for a while?
> No, it's always worked like this.
> The index can only be used if we know at plan time that the index
> predicate is true for all times that the query is executed. We cannot
> know this for the exact query and index combination you have requested.
> If we acted differently, your query would return the wrong answer in
> some circumstances.
> I can't find anything in the manual that explains this distinction.
> Here's an example that explains this more easily:
> If your index looked like this
> CREATE INDEX c_6000_index ON consumption (voi) 
>     code > 5000
> AND val1 IS NULL;
> and your query like this
> SET val1=1784 
> (   code > 6000
> AND val1 IS NULL )
> AND code = ? 
> AND voi = '1923328-8-0-0';
> ...then the index could be used, because the index predicate is implied
> by part of the query clause for all values of the parameter.
> So its best to look for some other static definition of the index.
> I'll submit a doc patch.

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