Andrew Gierth <> writes:
> "Alexander" == Alexander Kuzmenkov <> writes:
>  Alexander> Structurally, the patch consists of two major parts: a
>  Alexander> specialized executor node

> Why?

> It strikes me that the significant fact here is not that we're doing
> count(*), but that we don't need any columns from the bitmap heap scan
> result.  Rather than creating a whole new node, can't the existing
> bitmap heapscan be taught to skip fetching the actual table page in
> cases where it's all-visible, not lossy, and no columns are needed?

+1 ... while I hadn't actually looked at the code, it seemed to me that
anything like the optimization-as-described would be impossibly klugy
from the planner's standpoint.  Your formulation sounds lots nicer.

Detecting that no columns are needed in the executor might be a bit tricky
because of the planner's habit of inserting a "physical tlist" to avoid a
projection step.  (See also nearby discussion about custom scan planning.)
But we could fix that.  I think one rule that would make sense is to
just disable the physical-tlist substitution if the relation's targetlist
is empty --- it wouldn't be buying much in such a case anyhow.  Then the
runtime tlist for the scan node would also be empty, and away you go.

                        regards, tom lane

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