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I think the problem is the ODBC driver NOT using cursors properly even
if it should. The database itself is not doing anything it shouldn't do,
in fact it has all the needed functionality to handle this request in a
fast and effective way - just like any other respectable RDBMS.

I don't know what ODBC driver you are using, and how it is configrued -
and I never actually used PostgreSQL with ODBC myself. However in the
applications I have developed we DO use 'standardized' DB access
libraries, which work on just about any DBMS you throw them at. 
In our development system, which is running on a low-end dual P2-433mhz
box with IDE drives, we routinely test both simple queries as yours and
more complex ones, which at times returns several hundred
thousand (or sometimes even millions) of rows. And processing time is,
generally speaking, in range with what you are seeing on the other
DBMSes you have.

So if PG is indeed returning ALL the rows, it is because it is
explicitly told to by the ODBC driver, so you need to look there to find
the problem. Could there be some kind of connection parameters you are
overlooking, or is the driver too old? Just throwing out ideas here,
most likely you have already thought about it :)

Just thought I'd point out that this is NOT expected behaviour from PG


On Thu, 4 Sep 2003 21:59:01 -0700
"Relaxin" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

> > Is there a reason you can't use cursors (explicitely, or via ODBC if
> > it provides some glue on top of them) to keep the result set on the
> > server?
> >
> > http://candle.pha.pa.us/main/writings/pgsql/sgml/sql-declare.html
> > http://candle.pha.pa.us/main/writings/pgsql/sgml/sql-fetch.html
> I can only use generally accepted forms of connectivity (ie. ODBC, ADO
> or OLEDB).
> This is what many of the people on the Windows side are going to need,
> because most of us are going to be converting from an existing already
> established system, such as Oracle, SQL Server or DB2, all of which
> have 1 or more of the 3 mentioned above.
> > > The next one is the handling of BLOBS.  PG handles them like no
> > > other
> system
> > > I have ever come across.
> >
> > Just FYI, you can use both the lo_*() functions, as well as simple
> > bytea/text columns (which can be very large in PostgreSQL).
> >
> > -Neil
> I know PG has a ODBC driver (that's all I've been using), but it or PG
> just doesn't handle BLOBS the way people on the Windows side (don't
> know about Unix) are use too.
> There is this conversion to octet that must be performed on the data ,
> I don't understand why, but I guess there was a reason for it long
> ago, but it seems that it can now be modified to just accept ANY byte
> you give it and then store it without any manipulation of the data.
> This will make Postgresql much more portable for the Windows
> developers...no need for any special handling for a data type that all
> large RDBMS support.
> Thanks
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