hi tom ...

the idea behind this is to disable the stats on a certain column entirely. this would give me more control about the plan. in this special case data is changing so frequently that the default values are ways better than trying to keep the "real" stats up to date. in case of default value i know what the DB does given a certain where clause - this is beyond my control when stats drop in. i guess there are corner cases where no stats on certain fields can definitely help to make plans a little bit more stable.


        many thanks,

                hans



On Aug 29, 2007, at 6:44 PM, Tom Lane wrote:

Hans-Juergen Schoenig <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
i came across some interesting behavior of pg_stats and i am not sure
if this is something we should treat the way we do it.

Setting target zero means "expend no work on this column".  In my book
that includes not doing anything to any pre-existing pg_stats entry.
What you propose would defeat the ability to analyze an unchanging
column once and then make ANALYZE skip over it henceforth.

                        regards, tom lane

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