"Jim Nasby" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> IF I run the following with the a < 2900 condition first, the more  
> expensive EXISTS only gets executed when needed, but if I change the  
> order of the OR's, the EXISTS is always executed. It would be good if  
> the optimizer could re-order the OR conditions based on estimated  
> cost (granted, this wouldn't work very well if you've got functions  
> in the OR, but it'd still be useful):

I looked at this for a bit.  It's in principle do-able but I'm not
sure it's a good idea.  The problem is that while AND'ed condition
lists are usually fairly short and hence cheap to sort, OR'ed condition
lists are not infrequently very long --- nobody blinks an eye at
hundreds of items in an IN-list for instance.  I'm afraid we'd waste
a lot more cycles sorting than we could hope to regain.

                        regards, tom lane

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