On Mon, 2 Feb 2004, Tomasz Myrta wrote:

> Dnia 2004-02-02 19:30, Użytkownik scott.marlowe napisał:
> > Not entirely, since it only has to sort two columns, it will be smaller, 
> > and will therefore be somewhat faster.
> Can you say something more about it? Will it be enough faster to keep 
> them both? Did anyone make such tests?

that really depends on the distribution of the third column.  If there's 
only a couple of values in the third column, no big deal.  If each entry 
is unique, and it's a large table, very big deal.

It is only useful to have a three column index if you actually use it.  If 
you have an index on (a,b,c) and select order by b, the index won't get 
used unless the a part is in the where clause.

the other issue is updates.  IT WILL cost more to update two indexes 
rather than one.  Generally, you can drop / readd the index and use 
explain analyze on one of your own queries to see if that helps.

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