On Jan 12, 2017, at 5:52 PM, Merlin Moncure wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 2:19 PM, bto...@computer.org
> <bto...@broadstripe.net> wrote:
>> Review manual section 7.8.2. Data-Modifying Statements in WITH
>> https://www.postgresql.org/docs/9.6/static/queries-with.html
> this.
> with data as (delete from foo where ... returning * ) insert into
> foo_backup select * from data;

Thanks, btober and merlin.  that's exactly what i want.

On Jan 12, 2017, at 4:45 PM, Adrian Klaver wrote:
> Maybe I am missing something, but why do the UPDATE?
> Why not?:
> ...
> With an index on record_timestamp.

That's actually the production deployment that we're trying to optimize.  
Depending on the size of the table (rows, width) it performs "less than great", 
even with the index on record_timestamp.

The UPDATE actually worked faster in most situations.  I honestly don't know 
why (the only thing that makes sense to me is server-load)... but the update + 
bool test ended up being (much) faster than the timestamp comparison.  

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