On Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 10:11 AM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
> Robert Haas <robertmh...@gmail.com> writes:
>> On Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 9:52 AM, Tom Lane <t...@sss.pgh.pa.us> wrote:
>>> Maybe, but neither UNION nor UNION ALL would duplicate the semantics
>>> of OR, so there's some handwaving here that I missed.
>> SELECT * FROM foo WHERE a = 5 OR a = 4
>> isn't equivalent to
>> SELECT * FROM foo WHERE a = 5
>> SELECT * FROM foo WHERE a = 4
>> ?
> It probably is, but you're assuming that "a" appears in the list of
> columns being unioned.  If you make that just "SELECT b FROM ..."
> then the latter form gets rid of duplicate b values where the first
> doesn't.  On the other hand, UNION ALL might introduce duplicates
> not present in the OR query's result.

Right, so, significant query transformations are non-trivial.  But the
point is that with the upper planification stuff, I think it is
possible, at least in some cases, that we could consider reordering
set operations with scan/join planning, just as we've previously
talked about reordering grouping stages relative to scan/join

The details are undeniably hard to get right.

Robert Haas
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