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Re: int4 vs varchar to store ip addr

From: Pomarede Nicolas <npomarede(at)corp(dot)free(dot)fr>
To: Florian Weimer <fweimer(at)bfk(dot)de>
Cc: pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: int4 vs varchar to store ip addr
Date: 2007-01-30 10:54:05
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Lists: pgsql-performance
On Mon, 29 Jan 2007, Florian Weimer wrote:

> * Pomarede Nicolas:
>> I could use PG internal inet/cidr type to store the ip addrs, which
>> would take 12 bytes per IP, thus gaining a few bytes per row.
> I thought it's down to 8 bytes in PostgreSQL 8.2, but I could be
> mistaken.
>> Apart from gaining some bytes, would the btree index scan be faster
>> with this data type compared to plain varchar ?
> It will be faster because less I/O is involved.
> For purposes like yours, there is a special ip4 type in a contributed
> package which brings down the byte count to 4.  I'm not sure if it's
> been ported to PostgreSQL 8.2 yet.

Yes thanks for this reference, ip4r package seems to be a nice addition to 
postgres for what I'd like to do. Does someone here have some real life 
experience with it (regarding performance and stability) ?

Also, is it possible that this package functionalities' might be merged 
into postgres one day, I think the benefit of using 4 bytes to store an 
ipv4 addr could be really interesting for some case ?


Nicolas Pomarede                   e-mail:   npomarede(at)corp(dot)free(dot)fr

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