On Mon, 2007-06-04 at 10:53 +0100, Heikki Linnakangas wrote:
> I'm now done with this patch and testing it.


> For the record, this patch has a small negative impact on scans like 
> "SELECT * FROM foo LIMIT 1000". If such a scan is run repeatedly, in CVS 
> HEAD the first 1000 rows will stay in buffer cache, but with the patch 
> each scan will start from roughly where previous one stopped, requiring 
> more pages to be read from disk each time. I don't think it's something 
> to worry about in practice, but I thought I'd mention it.

No surprise here, as you and Bruce have already pointed out.

If we wanted to reduce the occurrence of this phenomena, we could
perhaps "time out" the hints so that it's impossible to pick up a hint
from a scan that finished 5 minutes ago.

It doesn't seem helpful to further obscure the non-determinism of the
results, however.

        Jeff Davis

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