David Kohn <djk...@gmail.com> writes:
> I encountered some unexpected behavior when debugging a query that was
> taking longer than expected, basically, a volatile function that makes a
> column in a view is called even when that column is not selected in the
> query, making it so that the function is called for every row in the view,
> I'm not sure that that would necessarily be the expected behavior, as it
> was my understanding that columns that are not selected are not evaluated,
> for instance if there was a join in a view that produced some columns and
> said columns were not selected, I would expect it to be optimized away.

No, this is the expected behavior; we don't like optimization to change
the number of calls of a volatile function from what would occur in naive
evaluation of the query.  If that prospect doesn't bother you, it's
likely because your function isn't really volatile ...

> The other problem is that the function call does not appear in the query
> plan.

I think "explain verbose" will fix that for you.

                        regards, tom lane

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