On Sun, 2007-03-11 at 11:22 +0000, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
> Gregory Stark wrote:
> >> On Wed, 2007-03-07 at 10:32 +0000, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
> >>> I've been thinking 
> >>> we should call this feature just Clustered Indexes 
> > 
> > So we would have "clustered tables" which are tables whose heap is ordered
> > according to an index and separately "clustered indexes" which are indexes
> > optimized for such tables?
> Yes, that's what I was thinking.
> There's a third related term in use as well. When you issue CLUSTER, the 
> table will be clustered on an index. And that index is then the "index 
> the table is clustered on". That's a bit cumbersome but that's the 
> terminology we're using at the moment. Maybe we should to come up with a 
> new term for that to avoid confusion..

First thought: we can use the term "cluster*ing* index" for CLUSTER and
use the term "clustered" to refer to what has happened to the table and
the index. That will probably be confused with high availability
clustering, so perhaps not. 

Better thought: say that CLUSTER requires an "order-defining index".
That better explains the point that it is the table being clustered,
using the index to define the physical order of the rows in the heap. We
then use the word "clustered" to refer to what has happened to the
table, and with this patch, for the index also.

That way we can have new syntax for CLUSTER

        CLUSTER table ORDER BY indexname

which is then the preferred syntax, rather than the perverse

        CLUSTER index ON table

which gives the wrong impression about what is happening, since it is
the table that is changed, not the index.

- - -

- Are you suggesting that we have an explicit new syntax


or just that we refer to this feature as Clustered Indexes?

- Do we still need the index WITH option, in either case?

- Do you think that all Primary Keys should be clustered?

- Are you thinking to rename docs, catalog etc to reflect the new

My thinking would be: CLUSTERED, no, yes, yes
but I'd like to know what you think?

  Simon Riggs             
  EnterpriseDB   http://www.enterprisedb.com

---------------------------(end of broadcast)---------------------------
TIP 9: In versions below 8.0, the planner will ignore your desire to
       choose an index scan if your joining column's datatypes do not

Reply via email to