On 03/11/2014 01:24 PM, Parul Lakkad wrote:

I am trying to figure out when disk is used to store intermediate results
while performing joins in postgres.

According my findings using 'explain analyse ' only merge sort uses disk.
Can anyone please throw some more light on this?

Hash joins will also spill to disk if the hash-side of the join is large enough. The planner usually tries to avoid it, but sometimes it happens.

- Heikki

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