On Sat, Aug 04, 2007 at 09:04:33PM +0100, Gregory Stark wrote:
> "Tom Lane" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> > Gregory Stark <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> >> The scenario I was describing was having, for example, 20 fields each
> >> of which are char(100) and store 'x' (which are padded with 99
> >> spaces). So the row is 2k but the fields are highly compressible, but
> >> shorter than the 256 byte minimum.
> >
> > To be blunt, the solution to problems like that is sending the DBA to a
> > re-education camp.  I don't think we should invest huge amounts of
> > effort on something that's trivially fixed by using the correct datatype
> > instead of the wrong datatype.
> Sorry, there was a bit of a mixup here. The scenario I described above is what
> it would take to get Postgres to actually try to compress a small string given
> the way the toaster works. 
> In the real world interesting cases wouldn't be so extreme. Having a single
> CHAR(n) or a text field which contains any other very compressible string
> could easily not be compressed currently due to being under 256 bytes.
> I think the richer target here is doing some kind of cross-record compression.
> For example, xml text columns often contain the same tags over and over again
> in successive records but any single datum wouldn't be compressible.

I have a table of (id serial primary key, url text unique) with a few
hundred million urls that average about 120 bytes each. The url index is
only used when a possibly new url is to be inserted, but between the data
and the index this table occupies a large part of the page cache. Any form
of compression here would be really helpful.


David Gould                                      [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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