On Fri, 2003-10-03 at 21:39, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> I have updated the FAQ to be:
>       In comparison to MySQL or leaner database systems, we are
>       faster for multiple users, complex queries, and a read/write query
>       load.  MySQL is faster for SELECT queries done by a few users. 
> Is this accurate?  It seems so.

May wish to say ... for simple SELECT queries ...

Several left outer joins, subselects and a large number of joins are
regularly performed faster in PostgreSQL due to a more mature optimizer.

But MySQL can pump out SELECT * FROM table WHERE key = value; queries in
a hurry.

I've often wondered if they win on those because they have a lighter
weight parser / optimizer with less "lets try simplifying this query"
steps or if the MYISAM storage mechanism is simply quicker at pulling
data off the disk.

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