Sigh. Found another example.

A table with 15 million entries and a unique key on filesystem location for
things users created via a web interface.

Entries all begin with /usr/home/ ...

This one is frequently sorted as batch operations against the files are
performed in alphabetical order to reduce conflict issues that a random
ordering may cause between jobs.



On Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 5:23 PM, Rod Taylor <> wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 3:06 PM, Peter Geoghegan <> wrote:
>> I think that pre-sorted, all-unique text datums, that have all
>> differences beyond the first 8 bytes, that the user happens to
>> actually want to sort are fairly rare.
> While I'm sure it's not common, I've seen a couple of ten-million tuple
> tables having a URL column as primary key where 98% of the entries begin
> with 'http://www.'
> So, that exact scenario is out there.

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