> And for those GUIs, wouldn't it be 97% as good to run an ANALYZE and give the 
> approximate record counts for large tables?

Interfaces which run a COUNT(*) like that are broken by design. They
fail to consider the table may really be a view which of course could
not be cached with results like that and may take days to load a full
result set (we had some pretty large views in an old billing system).

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