Ashutosh Bapat <> writes:
> On Thu, Jul 20, 2017 at 5:30 PM, Thomas Munro
> <> wrote:
>> Does anyone know how to test a situation where the join is reversed 
>> according to
>> get_join_variables, or "complicated cases where we can't tell for sure"?

> explain select * from pg_class c right join pg_type t on (c.reltype =
> t.oid); would end up with  *join_is_reversed = true; Is that what you
> want? For a semi-join however I don't know how to induce that. AFAIU,
> in a semi-join there is only one direction in which join can be
> specified.

You just have to flip the <> clause around, eg instead of

explain analyze select * from tenk1 t
  where exists (select 1 from int4_tbl i where t.ten <> i.f1);


explain analyze select * from tenk1 t
  where exists (select 1 from int4_tbl i where i.f1 <> t.ten);

No matter what the surrounding query is like exactly, one or the
other of those should end up "join_is_reversed".

This would be a bit harder to trigger for equality clauses, where you'd
have to somehow defeat the EquivalenceClass logic's tendency to rip the
clauses apart and reassemble them according to its own whims.  But for
neqjoinsel that's not a problem.

> I didn't get the part about "complicated cases where we can't tell for sure".

You could force that with mixed relation membership on one or both sides
of the <>, for instance "(a.b + b.y) <> a.c".  I don't think it's
especially interesting for the present purpose though, since we're going
to end up with 1.0 selectivity in any case where examine_variable can't
find stats.

                        regards, tom lane

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