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Re: Scaling concerns

From: tsuraan <tsuraan(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: tsuraan <tsuraan(at)gmail(dot)com>, pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Scaling concerns
Date: 2006-12-16 18:03:38
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> Unqualified SELECT COUNT(*) FROM foo is one of the most expensive operations
> you can do on your system, since the visibility information has to be
> checked
> on disk for each row. Instead, try real queries on real data, and post here
> if some are too slow for you.

Ok, that's a bad example.  I'm learning :-)  Is insert ... select also
really expensive then?  I have a table loaded with message-id and path
information of currently-existing messages.  It has ~20 million rows.
Trying to do "INSERT INTO Messages(path, msgid) SELECT (path, msgid)
FROM tmpMessages" took a really long time before psql died with an
out-of-memory error.  Is there a more sane way to do a table copy, or
should I have just dropped all the indices from the Message table and
loaded into that?


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