On Mon, Jan 22, 2007 at 07:24:20PM +0000, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
> Kenneth Marshall wrote:
> >On Mon, Jan 22, 2007 at 06:42:09PM +0000, Simon Riggs wrote:
> >>Hold that thought! Read Heikki's Piggyback VACUUM idea on new thread...
> >
> >There may be other functions that could leverage a similar sort of
> >infrastructure. For example, a long DB mining query could be registered
> >with the system. Then as the pieces of the table/database are brought in
> >to shared memory during the normal daily DB activity they can be acquired
> >without forcing the DB to run a very I/O expensive query when waiting a
> >bit for the results would be acceptable. As long as we are thinking
> >piggyback.
> Yeah, I had the same idea when we discussed synchronizing sequential 
> scans. The biggest difference is that with queries, there's often a user 
> waiting for the query to finish, but with vacuum we don't care so much 
> how long it takes.
Yes, but with trending and statistical analysis you may not need the
exact answer ASAP. An approximate answer based on a fraction of the
information would be useful. Also, "what if" queries could be run without
impacting the production uses of a database. One might imagine having a
query with results that "converge" as the table is processed during normal


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