Anagh Lal <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> ... I am still confused by the following:
> In /backend/executor/nodeMergeJoin.c
> in ExecMergeJoin()
> In the state (the switch case)  EXEC_MJ_JOINTUPLES
> we still do ExecProject(), what does this do?

Well, sure.  A join node *must* do a projection, no?  It can't simply
return either the left or the right input tuple (except in the
vanishingly-small fraction of cases where you don't actually need any
columns from the right or the left respectively; which are cases that
we don't currently bother to optimize).  To create a tuple that's not
exactly one or the other you must project.

> Some food for thought,
> Let's ignore the attributes listed in the select
> clause
> and work only with the where clause (join condition)
> attributes. And as a back reference store the 
> tupleid of the original whole tuple in the "working"
> tuple. At the final output stage perform a lookup to
> retrieve the select clause attributes of only the
> qualifying tuple. Thus enabling us to work with really
> small sized data. 
> worth trying out?

Not sure there's a lot of traction here.  In many cases, the
bottom-level scan gets advanced one or more rows before the top-level
nodes can pop out a result.  (Consider GROUP BY as an example.)
I don't see the advantage of adding bookkeeping/copying for past
rows in order to avoid copying current-row data around.

But feel free to prove me wrong ;-)

                        regards, tom lane

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