Christopher Browne <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> It would be very hairy to implement it correctly, and all this would
> cover is the single case of "SELECT COUNT(*) FROM SOME_TABLE;"
> If you had a single WHERE clause attached, you would have to revert to
> walking through the tuples looking for the ones that are live and
> committed, which is true for any DBMS.
Well it would be handy for a few other cases as well.
1 It would be useful for the case where you have a partial index with a
matching where clause. The optimizer already considers using such indexes
but it has to pay the cost of the tuple lookup, which is substantial.
2 It would be useful for the very common queries of the form
WHERE x IN (select id from foo where some_indexed_expression)
(Or the various equivalent forms including outer joins that test to see if
the matching record was found and don't retrieve any other columns in the
3 It would be useful for many-many relationships where the intermediate table
has only the two primary key columns being joined. If you create a
multi-column index on the two columns it shouldn't need to look up the
tuple. This would be effectively be nearly equivalent to an "index organized
4 It would be useful for just about all the referential integrity queries...
I don't mean to say this is definitely a good thing. The tradeoff in
complexity and time to maintain the index pages would be large. But don't
dismiss it as purely a count(*) optimization hack.
I know Oracle is capable of it and it can speed up your query a lot when you
remove that last unnecessary column from a join table allowing oracle to skip
the step of reading the table.
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