Brian Hirt wrote:
I have a query that fetches information from a log, based on an indexed column. The timestamp in the table is with time zone, and the server time zone is not GMT. However, i want all of the timestamps for a particular day in GMT. If i simply use a date constant, the index is used, but the incorrect rows are fetched, since the date is converted to a timestamp in the server's time zone. When i cast that date to a GMT date, the index is no longer used. Is there some better way to write the query so that the planner will use the index? I have simplied the queries below to demonstrate the problem i'm having. Thanks for any advice.

basement=# select count(*) from redir_log
basement-# where redir_timestamp >= '10/14/2004'::timestamp without time zone at time zone 'GMT';

Not quite what's wanted. Try keeping things as a timestamp with timezone (you can add a timestamp to a date):

SELECT count(*) FROM redir_log
WHERE redir_timestamp BETWEEN '2004-10-14+00'::timestamptz AND CURRENT_TIMESTAMP;

Putting two bounds on the range can also help index usage.

In actual fact, since you're comparing to a timestamp and not a date, I'd personally supply a valid timestamptz: '2004-10-14 00:00:00+00'
Richard Huxton
Archonet Ltd

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