Sorry about the delay in answering. I have been swamped with non-PG
related things lately.

On Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 11:08 PM, Robert Haas <> wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 10:12 AM, Robert Haas <> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 5:41 AM, Etsuro Fujita
>> <> wrote:
>>>> I'm confused by this remark, because surely the query planner does it this
>>>> way only if there's no LIMIT.  When there is a LIMIT, we choose based on
>>>> the startup cost plus the estimated fraction of the total cost we expect
>>>> to pay based on dividing the LIMIT by the overall row count estimate.  Or
>>>> is this not what you're talking about?

My reasoning was that query_planner returns the cheapest-total path
and cheapest fractional presorted (by the aggregation pathkeys). When
evaluating hash-aggregates with this patch these two are indeed
compared considering the esimated fraction of the total cost, but this
might miss cheapest fractional unordered path for lazy hashaggregates.

Reviewing the code now I discovered this path could be picked out from
the pathlist, just like it is done by
get_cheapest_fractional_path_for_pathkeys when pathkeys is nil. This
would need to be returned in addition to the other two paths. To
minimize overhead, this should only be done when we possibly want to
consider lazy hash-aggregation (there is a group clause with no
aggregates and grouping is hashable) But this is starting to get
pretty crufty considering that there doesn't seem to be any really
compelling usecases for this.

> Ants, do you intend to update this patch for this CommitFest?  Or at
> all?  It seems nobody's too excited about this, so I'm not sure
> whether it makes sense for you to put more work on it.  But please
> advise as to your plans.

If anyone thinks that this patch might be worth considering, then I'm
prepared to do minor cleanup this CF (I saw some possibly unnecessary
cruft in agg_fill_hash_and_retrieve). On the other hand, if you think
the use case is too marginal to consider for inclusion then I won't
shed a tear if this gets rejected. For me this was mostly a learning
experience for poking around in the planner.

Ants Aasma
Cybertec Schönig & Schönig GmbH
Gröhrmühlgasse 26
A-2700 Wiener Neustadt

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