Hi all,

I'd like to see the indexam API changes needed by the bitmap indexam to be committed soon. Has anyone looked at the proposed API in the latest patch? Any thoughts?

I'm quite happy with it myself, with a few reservations:

- All the getbitmap implementations except the new bitmap indexam are just boilerplate. How about making getbitmap-function optional, and having a generic implementation that fills in a hash bitmap using the traditional getnext function?

- getbitmap is passed an existing bitmap as argument, and the implementation needs to OR the existing bitmap with new tuples. How about AND? An indexam could be smart about ANDing with an existing bitmap, for example skipping to the first set bit in the existing bitmap and starting the scan from there.

- I'd like to have support to return candidate matches with both getbitmap and getnext. A simple flag per page of results would be enough for getbitmap, I think.

- StreamBitmap and HashBitmap are separate node types, but OpStream is not. opaque-field in the StreamBitmap struct is not really that opaque, it needs to be a StreamNode. I drew a UML sketch of what I think the class-hierarchy is (http://community.enterprisedb.com/streambitmaps.png). This is object-oriented programming, we're just implementing classes and inheritance with structs and function pointers. The current patch mixes different techniques, and that needs to be cleaned up.

I'd like to see a separate patch that contains just the API changes. Gavin, could you extract an API-only patch from the bitmap index patch? I can work on it as well, but I don't want to step on your toes.

  Heikki Linnakangas
  EnterpriseDB   http://www.enterprisedb.com

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