On Mon, 2007-10-08 at 14:58 +0300, Hannu Krosing wrote:

> 1. get rid of indexes for TOAST tables
> instead of TOAST tuple id store CTID of first TOAST block directly, and
> use something like skip lists inside the TOAST block headers to access
> next TOAST tuples.

It should be possible to optimise TOAST for when there is just a single
chunk that is toasted. Since we often (and by default) compress data
stored in TOAST tables this would be a frequently used optimisation. 

Instead of storing the TOAST OID, which is then looked-up in the index
to find the TOAST tid, we can just store the tid directly in the toast
pointer on the main heap. That way we'll get faster read and write
access for a good proportion of rows by avoiding the toast index and
going straight to the toast heap.

We'd need a different kind of toast pointer which would be 2 bytes
longer than the normal pointer. I think we have a spare flag bit to
indicate this.

That's just a rough sketch, I've not checked the details on this.

  Simon Riggs
  2ndQuadrant  http://www.2ndQuadrant.com

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