Tom Lane wrote:
> 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.

OK, would the clustering analyze stats (pg_stats.correlation) tell us

  Bruce Momjian  <>

  + It's impossible for everything to be true. +

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