On 9 April 2015 at 04:52, Simon Riggs <si...@2ndquadrant.com> wrote:

> TABLESAMPLE BERNOULLI could work in this case, or any other non-block
> based sampling mechanism. Whether it does work yet is another matter.
> This query should be part of the test suite and should generate a
> useful message or work correctly.

The SQL Standard does allow the WITH query given. It makes no mention
of the obvious point that SYSTEM-defined mechanisms might not work,
but that is for the implementation to define, AFAICS.

The SQL Standard goes on to talk about "possibly non-deterministic"
issues. Which in Postgres relates to the point that the results of a
SampleScan will never be IMMUTABLE. That raises the possibility of
planner issues. We must, for example, never do inner join removal on a
sampled relation - we don't do that yet, but something to watch for.

On balance, in this release, I would be happier to exclude sampled
results from queries, and only allow sampling against base tables.

 Simon Riggs                   http://www.2ndQuadrant.com/
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