Bruce Momjian <> writes:
> Greg Stark wrote:
>> Putting aside the politics questions, count(*) is an interesting case
>> -- it exposes some of the unanswered questions about index-only scans.
>> The reason "select count(*)" might win would be because we could pick
>> any index and do an index scan, relying on the visibility map to
>> optimize away the heap reads. This is only going to be a win if a
>> large fraction of the heap reads get optimized away.
>> It's going to be pretty tricky to determine in the optimizer a) which
>> index will be cheapest and b) what fraction of index tuples will point

> I assume the smallest non-partial index would be the cheapest index.

That will be true only if you intentionally ignore the points Greg
raised.  If the table isn't entirely ALL_VISIBLE, then the choice of
index will determine the ordering of the actual table probes that occur.
There could be more or fewer page reads, in a more or less optimal
order, depending on the index used.

                        regards, tom lane

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