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Re: Postgres insert performance and storage requirement compared to Oracle

From: Steve Singer <ssinger(at)ca(dot)afilias(dot)info>
To: Divakar Singh <dpsmails(at)yahoo(dot)com>
Cc: jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com, pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Postgres insert performance and storage requirement compared to Oracle
Date: 2010-10-25 18:46:46
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On 10-10-25 02:31 PM, Divakar Singh wrote:
>  > My questions/scenarios are:
>  >
>  > 1. How does PostgreSQL perform when inserting data into an indexed
>  > (type: btree)
>  > table? Is it true that as you add the indexes on a table, the
>  > performance
>  > deteriorates significantly whereas Oracle does not show that much
>  > performance
>  > decrease. I have tried almost all postgreSQL performance tips
>  > available. I want
>  > to have very good "insert" performance (with indexes), "select"
>  > performance is
>  > not that important at this point of time.
> -- Did you test?
> Yes. the performance was comparable when using SQL procedure. However,
> When I used libpq, PostgreSQL performed very bad. There was some
> difference in environment also between these 2 tests, but I am assuming
> libpq vs SQL was the real cause. Or it was something else?

So your saying that when you load the data with psql it loads fine, but 
when you load it using libpq it takes much longer?

How are you using libpq?
-Are you opening and closing the database connection between each insert?
-Are you doing all of your inserts as one big transaction or are you 
doing a transaction per insert
-Are you using prepared statements for your inserts?
-Are you using the COPY command to load your data or the INSERT command?
-Are you running your libpq program on the same server as postgresql?
-How is your libpq program connecting to postgresql, is it using ssl?

> Some 10-12 columns ( like 2 timestamp, 4 int and 4 varchar), with 5
> indexes on varchar and int fields including 1 implicit index coz of PK.

If your run "VACUUM VERBOSE tablename" on the table, what does it say?

You also don't mention which version of postgresql your using.

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