re-Hello,

As suggested by Tom, I've removed the distinct and tried it's query :

levure=> explain analyze select initiale from (
levure(>   select lower(substr(l_name,1,1)) as initiale from people
levure(>   union all
levure(>   select lower(substr(org_name,1,1)) as initiale from
organizations
levure(> ) ss
levure-> group by initiale order by initiale;
                                                                   QUERY
PLAN                                                                 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------
-
 Group  (cost=1018.48..1074.32 rows=1117 width=17) (actual
time=783.47..867.61 rows=39 loops=1)
   ->  Sort  (cost=1018.48..1046.40 rows=11167 width=17) (actual
time=782.18..801.68 rows=11167 loops=1)
         Sort Key: initiale
         ->  Subquery Scan ss  (cost=0.00..267.67 rows=11167 width=17)
(actual time=0.23..330.31 rows=11167 loops=1)
               ->  Append  (cost=0.00..267.67 rows=11167 width=17)
(actual time=0.22..263.69 rows=11167 loops=1)
                     ->  Subquery Scan "*SELECT* 1"  (cost=0.00..87.93
rows=4093 width=15) (actual time=0.22..79.51 rows=4093 loops=1)
                           ->  Seq Scan on people  (cost=0.00..87.93
rows=4093 width=15) (actual time=0.20..53.82 rows=4093 loops=1)
                     ->  Subquery Scan "*SELECT* 2"  (cost=0.00..179.74
rows=7074 width=17) (actual time=0.24..146.12 rows=7074 loops=1)
                           ->  Seq Scan on organizations
(cost=0.00..179.74 rows=7074 width=17) (actual time=0.23..100.70
rows=7074 loops=1)
 Total runtime: 874.79 msec
(10 rows)


That seems to be 200 msec longer that my first query... Indeed, I've
noticed something strange : now, if I rerun my initial query, I get
worse runtime than this morning :


levure=> EXPLAIN ANALYZE SELECT lower(substr(l_name, 1, 1)) AS initiale
FROM people
levure-> UNION
levure-> SELECT lower(substr(org_name, 1, 1)) AS initiale FROM
organizations
levure-> ORDER BY initiale;
                                                                   QUERY
PLAN                                      
------------------------------------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Sort  (cost=1130.85..1133.64 rows=1117 width=17) (actual
time=802.52..802.58 rows=39 loops=1)
   Sort Key: initiale
   ->  Unique  (cost=1018.48..1074.32 rows=1117 width=17) (actual
time=712.04..801.83 rows=39 loops=1)
         ->  Sort  (cost=1018.48..1046.40 rows=11167 width=17) (actual
time=712.03..732.63 rows=11167 loops=1)
               Sort Key: initiale
               ->  Append  (cost=0.00..267.67 rows=11167 width=17)
(actual time=0.21..263.54 rows=11167 loops=1)
                     ->  Subquery Scan "*SELECT* 1"  (cost=0.00..87.93
rows=4093 width=15) (actual time=0.20..80.47 rows=4093 loops=1)
                           ->  Seq Scan on people  (cost=0.00..87.93
rows=4093 width=15) (actual time=0.19..54.14 rows=4093 loops=1)
                     ->  Subquery Scan "*SELECT* 2"  (cost=0.00..179.74
rows=7074 width=17) (actual time=0.28..144.82 rows=7074 loops=1)
                           ->  Seq Scan on organizations
(cost=0.00..179.74 rows=7074 width=17) (actual time=0.27..99.06
rows=7074 loops=1)
 Total runtime: 806.47 msec
(11 rows)


I don't understand why this runtime has changed because no data has been
added/updated/deleted since several weeks (I'm working on a copy of the
production database. And this copy is not accessible for the users).

My PostgreSQL version is PostgreSQL 7.3.2, I have to ask to the
administrator if it can be upgraded to 7.4 in the production server.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Bruno BAGUETTE - [EMAIL PROTECTED] 


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