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Re: DELETE with LIMIT (or my first hack)

From: Robert Haas <robertmhaas(at)gmail(dot)com>
To: Csaba Nagy <ncslists(at)googlemail(dot)com>
Cc: Andrew Dunstan <andrew(at)dunslane(dot)net>, Jaime Casanova <jaime(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>, Daniel Loureiro <loureirorg(at)gmail(dot)com>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: DELETE with LIMIT (or my first hack)
Date: 2010-11-30 14:19:26
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On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 4:25 AM, Csaba Nagy <ncslists(at)googlemail(dot)com> wrote:
> The workaround recommended some time ago by Tom is:
> DELETE FROM residents_of_athens WHERE ctid = any(array(SELECT ctid FROM
> residents_of_athens ORDER BY ostracism_votes DESC LIMIT 1));
> It is about as efficient as the requested feature would be, just uglier
> to write down. I use it all the time when batch-deleting something large
> (to avoid long running transactions and to not crash slony). It also
> helps to vacuum frequently if you do that on large amount of data...

That's a very elegant hack, but not exactly obvious to a novice user
or, say, me.  So I think it'd be nicer to have the obvious syntax

Robert Haas
The Enterprise PostgreSQL Company

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