A hybrid scan approach combined with this idea would fit nicely - provide
results for tids that are directly visible and set a bit in a bitmap for those
that need recheck and extend recheck to take a bitmap (wait - it already does
Msg is shrt cuz m on ma treo
From: Gregory Stark [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 02:58 PM Eastern Standard Time
To: Bruce Momjian
Subject: Re: [HACKERS] Another idea for index-only scans
"Bruce Momjian" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> I have added another idea for index-only scans to the TODO list:
>> A third idea would be for a heap scan to check if all rows are visible
>> and if so set a per-table flag which can be checked by index scans.
>> Any change to the table would have to clear the flag. To detect
>> changes during the heap scan a counter could be set at the start and
>> checked at the end --- if it is the same, the table has not been
>> modified --- any table change would increment the counter.
I think I would prefer to address this in the same infrastructure as the
dead-space-map. That way you're not dependent on having no updates happening
on the table at all. Any tuples on pages which contain no in-doubt tuples
could have their visibility check skipped but when you come across a tuple on
a page which has been modified since the last vacuum then you have to check
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