"Bruce Momjian" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Gregory Stark wrote:
>> "Bruce Momjian" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
>> > I tested TOAST using a method similar to the above method against CVS
>> > HEAD, with default shared_buffers = 32MB and no assert()s. I created
>> > backends with power-of-2 seetings for TOAST_TUPLES_PER_PAGE (4(default),
>> > 8, 16, 32, 64) which gives TOAST/non-TOAST breakpoints of 2k(default),
>> > 1k, 512, 256, and 128, roughly.
>> > The results are here:
>> > http://momjian.us/expire/TOAST/
>> > Strangely, 128 bytes seems to be the break-even point for TOAST and
>> > non-TOAST, even for sequential scans of the entire heap touching all
>> > long row values. I am somewhat confused why TOAST has faster access
>> > than inline heap data.
Is your database initialized with C locale? If so then length(text) is
optimized to not have to detoast:
if (pg_database_encoding_max_length() == 1)
PG_RETURN_INT32(toast_raw_datum_size(str) - VARHDRSZ);
Also, I think you have to run this for small datasets like you have well as
large data sets where the random access seek time of TOAST will really hurt.
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