Hartmut Raschick <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> [ TRUNCATE is much slower in 7.4 than in 7.3 ]

After looking into this, I think this is because when Rod Taylor
reimplemented TRUNCATE to make it transaction-safe, he essentially
turned it into a variant of CLUSTER.  It is slow because it is creating
and deleting dummy tables and indexes.  I think this is not really
necessary and it could be done better while still being
transaction-safe.  All we really need is to create a new empty table
file, update the table's pg_class row with the new relfilenode, mark
the old file for deletion, and then run REINDEX TABLE (which will
perform similar shenanigans with the indexes).

                        regards, tom lane

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