has anyone else noticed a huge difference in "DELETE TABLE <lol>"
vs. "TRUNCATE <lol>" starting w/postgres 7.4?
putting aside details (num rows, indexes....): ca. 300 tables
(already empty if desired...) ALL to be emptied (via batch file).
here's a small "time pgsql -f kill_all" output:

1) 0.03u 0.04s 0:02.46 2.8% (already empty)
2) 0.05u 0.06s 0:01.19 9.2% (already empty)

1) 0.10u 0.06s 6:58.66 0.0% (already empty, compile runnig simult.)
2) 0.10u 0.02s 2:51.71 0.0% (already empty)

lovely, innit?

settings in 7.4 (wal, shm...) are as for 7.3.x unless dead or (in their
7.4 default version) even higher.

glimpsing at the quantify output (of the truncate version) it looks
as if this is "for (i = 0; i < all; i++)" whereas (from exec. time)
delete does "\rm -rf"

is this a pay-off for autocommit gone away?
a conspiracy?
...what am i saying...

we are using TRUNCATE btw, because someone once noted that this was
"good style", saying: "yes, i want to empty the whole thing", not:
"oops! forgot the where-clause, sorry for your table!"

well, enlight me, please!

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