On Tue, 8 Jul 2003, Martin Foster wrote:

> Stephan Szabo wrote:
> >
> >
> > I think you might get better results with some kind of multi-column index.
> > It's using the index to avoid a sort it looks like, but it's not helping
> > to find the conditions. I can't remember the correct ordering, but maybe
> > (posttimestamp, realmname, postidnumber).  Having separate indexes on the
> > fields won't help currently since only one index will get chosen for the
> > scan.  Also, what does explain analyze show?
> >
> Hope that shed's light on the matter.
>   Limit  (cost=0.00..260237.32 rows=100 width=48) (actual
> time=68810.26..68820.83 rows=55 loops=1)
>     ->  Index Scan using pkpost on post  (cost=0.00..3020594.00
> rows=1161 width=48) (actual time=68810.25..68820.72 rows=55 loops=1)
>           Filter: ((posttimestamp > (('now'::text)::timestamp(6) without
> time zone - '00:10'::interval)) AND (realmname = 'Amalgam'::character
> varying) AND ((postto = 'all'::character varying) OR (postto =
> 'root'::character varying)) AND ((NOT (subplan)) OR (puppeteerlogin IS
> NULL)) AND ((NOT (subplan)) OR (puppetname IS NULL)))
>           SubPlan
>             ->  Index Scan using pkpuppetignore on puppetignore
> (cost=0.00..13.31 rows=1 width=10) (actual time=0.02..0.02 rows=0 loops=55)
>                   Index Cond: (puppeteerlogin = 'root'::character varying)
>                   Filter: ((puppetignore = 'global'::character varying)
> AND (puppetlogin = $0))
>             ->  Index Scan using pkpuppetignore on puppetignore
> (cost=0.00..5.84 rows=1 width=15) (actual time=0.01..0.01 rows=0 loops=55)
>                   Index Cond: ((puppeteerlogin = 'root'::character
> varying) AND (puppetname = $1))
>                   Filter: (puppetignore = 'single'::character varying)
>   Total runtime: 68821.11 msec

The row estimate is high. How many rows meet the various conditions and
some of the combinations? And how many rows does it estimate if you do a
simpler query on those with explain?

I still think some variety of multi-column index to make the above index
conditions would help, but you'd probably need to play with which ones
help, and with the cost cut for the limit, I don't know if it'd actually
get a better plan, but it may be worth trying a bunch and seeing which
ones are useful and then dropping the rest.

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