On Sat, 2003-08-30 at 08:09, Richard Jones wrote:
> Hi,
> i have a table of around 3 million rows from which i regularly (twice a second 
> at the moment) need to select a random row from
> currently i'm doing "order by rand() limit 1" - but i suspect this is 
> responsible for the large load on my db server - i guess that PG is doing far 
> too much work just to pick one row.

What datatype is the selected by key?

Also, where is rand() defined?  Is that a UDF?

Could it be that there is a type mismatch?

> one way i can think of is to read in all the primary keys from my table, and 
> select one of the keys at random then directly fetch that row. 
> are there any other ways to do this? i need to keep the load down :)
> Thanks,
> Richard 

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