On 16/02/16 12:46, David G. Johnston wrote:
On Mon, Feb 15, 2016 at 4:23 PM, Tatsuo Ishii <is...@postgresql.org

    While reading planstats.sgml, I encounted a sentence which I don't

         These numbers are current as of the last <command>VACUUM</> or
         <command>ANALYZE</> on the table.  The planner then fetches the
         actual current number of pages in the table (this is a cheap
         not requiring a table scan).  If that is different from
         <structfield>relpages</structfield> then
         <structfield>reltuples</structfield> is scaled accordingly to
         arrive at a current number-of-rows estimate.  In this case the
    value of
         <structfield>relpages</structfield> is up-to-date so the rows
    estimate is
         the same as <structfield>reltuples</structfield>.

    I don't understand the last sentence (In this case...). For me it
    seems it is talking about the case when replages is not different from
    what the planner fetches from the table. If so, why "In this case"?
    Isn't "In this case" referrers to the previous sentence (If that is
    different from...)? Maybe "In this case" should be "Otherwise" or some

‚ÄčThe whole sentence is awkward but you are correct in your reading - and
"otherwise" would be a solid choice.

A long while ago when I wrote that, I was expressing the fact that *in the example* the numbers matched perfectly, but *in general* the planner would scale 'em. It still reads that way to me...but change away if you like :-)

Though iIt seems the whole thing could be simplified to:

These numbers are current as of the last VACUUM or ANALYZE on the
table.  To account for subsequent changes the planner obtains the actual
page count for the table and scales pg_class.reltuples by a factor of
"actual page count" over pg_class.relpages.

The "cheap operation" comment seems gratuitous though could still be
injected if desired.

Well folk interested in performance, like to keep an eye on whether these sort of probes cost a lot...



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