Thomas F.O'Connell wrote:
I'm seeing some weird behavior on a repurposed server that was wiped clean and set up to run as a database and application server with postgres and Apache, as well as some command-line PHP scripts.

The box itself is a quad processor (2.4 GHz Intel Xeons) Debian woody GNU/Linux (2.6.2) system.

postgres is crawling on some fairly routine queries. I'm wondering if this could somehow be related to the fact that this isn't a database-only server, but Apache is not really using any resources when postgres slows to a crawl.

Here's an example of analysis of a recent query:

FROM userdata as u, userdata_history as h
WHERE = '18181'
AND =;
------------------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------------------
Aggregate (cost=0.02..0.02 rows=1 width=8) (actual time=298321.421..298321.422 rows=1 loops=1)
-> Nested Loop (cost=0.00..0.01 rows=1 width=8) (actual time=1.771..298305.531 rows=2452 loops=1)
Join Filter: ("inner".id = "outer".id)
-> Seq Scan on userdata u (cost=0.00..0.00 rows=1 width=8) (actual time=0.026..11.869 rows=2452 loops=1)
-> Seq Scan on userdata_history h (cost=0.00..0.00 rows=1 width=8) (actual time=0.005..70.519 rows=41631 loops=2452)
Filter: (id = 18181::bigint)
Total runtime: 298321.926 ms
(7 rows)

userdata has a primary/foreign key on id, which references, which is a primary key.

At the time of analysis, the userdata table had < 2,500 rows. userdata_history had < 50,000 rows. I can't imagine how even a seq scan could result in a runtime of nearly 5 minutes in these circumstances.

Also, doing a count( * ) from each table individually returns nearly instantly.

I can provide details of postgresql.conf and kernel settings if necessary, but I'm using some pretty well tested settings that I use any time I admin a postgres installation these days based on box resources and database size. I'm more interested in knowing if there are any bird's eye details I should be checking immediately.



Thomas F. O'Connell
Co-Founder, Information Architect
Sitening, LLC
110 30th Avenue North, Suite 6
Nashville, TN 37203-6320

Is your enable_seqscan set to true? Try it after issuing set enable_seqscan to off;

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