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Re: FW: Index usage

From: "Leeuw van der, Tim" <tim(dot)leeuwvander(at)nl(dot)unisys(dot)com>
To: "BBI Edwin Punzalan" <edwin(at)bluebamboo(dot)ph>,<pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: FW: Index usage
Date: 2004-11-24 07:34:41
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Well you just selected a whole lot more rows... What's the total number of rows in the table?

In general, what I remember from reading on the list, is that when there's no upper bound on a query like this, the planner is more likely to choose a seq. scan than an index scan.
Try to give your query an upper bound like:

select date from chatlogs where date>='11/23/04' and date < '12/31/99';

select date from chatlogs where date>='10/23/04' and date < '12/31/99';

This should make it easier for the planner to give a proper estimate of the number of rows returned. If it doesn't help yet, please post 'explain analyze' output rather than 'explain' output, for it allows much better investigation into why the planner chooses what it chooses.



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From: pgsql-performance-owner(at)postgresql(dot)org [mailto:pgsql-performance-owner(at)postgresql(dot)org]On Behalf Of BBI Edwin Punzalan
Sent: Wednesday, November 24, 2004 7:52 AM
To: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: [PERFORM] FW: Index usage

Hi everyone,

Can anyone please explain postgres' behavior on our index.

I did the following query tests on our database:

db=# create index chatlogs_date_idx on chatlogs (date);
db=# explain select date from chatlogs where date>='11/23/04';

Index Scan using chatlogs_date_idx on chatlogs  (cost=0.00..144.11 rows=36

db=# explain select date from chatlogs where date>='10/23/04';

Seq Scan on chatlogs  (cost=0.00..23938.06 rows=253442 width=4)


Date's datatype is date.  Its just odd that I just change the actual date of
search and the index is not being used anymore.

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