On Tue, 27 Apr 2004 18:01:34 -0400, Rod Taylor <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
>On Tue, 2004-04-27 at 17:27, Vitaly Belman wrote:
>> Hello pgsql-performance,
>>   I discussed the whole subject for some time in DevShed and didn't
>>   achieve much (as for results). I wonder if any of you guys can help
>>   out:
>>   http://forums.devshed.com/t136202/s.html

>The point is that a book cannot be of a certain genre more than once.

Rod, he has a hierarchy of genres.  Genre 1 has 6379 child genres and a
book can be in more than one of these.

Vitaly, though LIMIT makes this look like a small query, DISTINCT
requires the whole result set to be retrieved.  0.7 seconds doesn't look
so bad for several thousand rows.  Did you try with other genre_ids?

Maybe a merge join is not the best choice.  Set enable_mergejoin to
false and see whether you get a (hopefully faster) hash join, assuming
that sort_mem is large enough to keep the hash table in memory.

If you send me your table contents I'll try it on Linux.


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