I wrote: > Thinking more about this leads me to the following proposal: > 1. Explicitly group the indexes according to the subset of > WHERE-conditions (and partial index conditions, if any) they use. > Within each such group, discard all but the cheapest-scan-cost one.
> 2. Sort the remaining indexes according to scan cost. > 3. For each index in order, consider it as a standalone scan, and also > consider adding it on to the AND-group led by each preceding index, > using the same logic as now: reject using any WHERE-condition twice > in a group, and then add on only if the total cost of the AND-group > scan is reduced. Here is a patch along these lines, in fact two patches (HEAD and 8.2 versions). The 8.2 version picks up some additional partial-index intelligence that I added to HEAD on Mar 21 but did not at that time risk back-patching --- since this is a fairly large rewrite of the routine, keeping the branches in sync seems best. Steve, can you try this out on your queries and see if it makes better or worse decisions? It seems to fix your initial complaint but I do not have a large stock of test cases to try. regards, tom lane
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