On Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 10:30:03PM +1300, David Rowley wrote:
> I'm just reviewing Tomas' code for the dependencies part of the stats
> when I saw something that looked a bit unusual.
> I tested with:
> INSERT INTO ab1 SELECT a, a%23 FROM generate_series(1, 1000) a;
> CREATE STATISTICS ab1_a_b_stats ON (a, b) FROM ab1;
> ANALYZE ab1;
> And got:
> ERROR:  extended statistics could not be collected for column "a" of
> relation public.ab1
> HINT:  Consider ALTER TABLE "public"."ab1" ALTER "a" SET STATISTICS -1
> I don't think the error is useful here, as it means nothing gets done.
> Probably better to just not (re)build those stats.
> Another option would be to check for extended stats before deciding
> which rows to ANALYZE, then still gathering the columns required for
> MV stats, but I think if the user asks for a subset of columns to be
> analyzed, and that causes a column to be missing for an extended
> statistics, that it would be pretty surprising if we rebuild the
> extended stats.
> Perhaps the SET STATISTIC 0 for a column still needs to gather data
> for extended statistics, though. Perhaps a debate should ensue about
> how that should work exactly.
> I've attached a patch which fixes the problem above, but it does
> nothing to change the analyze behaviour for 0 statistics columns.

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