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Re: redundent index?

From: Manfred Koizar <mkoi-pg(at)aon(dot)at>
To: Rod Taylor <rbt(at)rbt(dot)ca>
Cc: Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>,Postgresql Performance <pgsql-performance(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: redundent index?
Date: 2003-10-31 13:47:14
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On Wed, 29 Oct 2003 10:17:24 -0500, Rod Taylor <rbt(at)rbt(dot)ca> wrote:
>On Wed, 2003-10-29 at 09:03, Robert Treat wrote:
>> Indexes: entity_watch_map_pkey primary key btree (entity_id, watch_id),
>>          ewm_entity_id btree (entity_id),
>> I can't think of why the second index is there, as ISTM there is no
>> instance where the first index wouldn't be used in place of the second
>The cost in evaluating the first index will be a little higher

Yes, the actual cost may be a little higher.  But the cost estimation
might be significantly higher, so there can be border cases where the
planner chooses a sequential scan over a multi-column index scan while
a single-column index would correctly be recognized as being faster


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