Tom, your suspicions were correct - ANALYZE was not being run.

I run vacuumdb via a cron script during off hours.  After checking the
scripts on both systems, I found that on the system that was not functioning
correctly that the '-z' (analyze) command line option to vacuumdb was
missing.  After correcting it and re-running the script, the poorly
performing SQL query takes only a few seconds as opposed to 15 minutes.

Thank you for your help!
- David

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[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Behalf Of Tom Lane
Sent: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 3:08 PM
To: Richard Huxton
Cc: David Price; [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: Re: [PERFORM] Optimizer Selecting Incorrect Index

Richard Huxton <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Things to check:
> 1. postgresql.conf settings match - different costs could cause this
> 2. statistics on the two columns (trn_patno,trn_old_date) - if they
> differ considerably between systems that would also explain it.

The different estimated row counts could only come from #2.  I suspect
David has forgotten to run ANALYZE on the second system.

I agree that EXPLAIN VERBOSE output is not helpful...

                        regards, tom lane

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