We have a "companies" and a "contacts" table with about 3000 records

We run the following SQL-Command which runs about 2 MINUTES !:

SELECT count(*) FROM contacts LEFT JOIN companies ON contacts.sid =

contacts.sid (type text, b-tree index on it)
companies.intfield01 (type bigint, b-tree index on it)

comfire=> explain analyze SELECT count(*) FROM prg_contacts LEFT JOIN
prg_addresses ON prg_contacts.sid=prg_addresses.intfield01;

Aggregate  (cost=495261.02..495261.02 rows=1 width=15) (actual
time=40939.38..40939.38 rows=1 loops=1)
  ->  Nested Loop  (cost=0.00..495253.81 rows=2885 width=15) (actual
time=0.05..40930.14 rows=2866 loops=1)
        ->  Seq Scan on prg_contacts  (cost=0.00..80.66 rows=2866
width=7) (actual time=0.01..18.10 rows=2866 loops=1)
        ->  Seq Scan on prg_addresses  (cost=0.00..131.51 rows=2751
width=8) (actual time=0.03..6.25 rows=2751 loops=2866)
Total runtime: 40939.52 msec


- We need the left join because we need all contacts even if they are
not assigned to a company
- We are not able to change the datatypes of the joined fields
because we use a standard software (btw who cares: SuSE Open Exchange
- When we use a normal join (without LEFT or a where clause) the SQL
runs immediately using the indexes

How can I force the usage of the indexes when using "left join". Or
any other SQL construct that does the same !? Can anybody please give
us a hint !?

Thanks in forward.


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TIP 9: the planner will ignore your desire to choose an index scan if your
      joining column's datatypes do not match

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