On Thu, 2004-12-02 at 17:07 +0100, Dmitry Karasik wrote:
>       Hi Thomas!
>  Thomas> Look at the ACTUAL TIME.  It dropped from 0.029ms (using the index
>  Thomas> scan) to 0.009ms (using a sequential scan.)
>  Thomas> Index scans are not always faster, and the planner/optimizer knows
>  Thomas> this.  VACUUM ANALYZE is best run when a large proportion of data
>  Thomas> has been updated/loaded or in the off hours to refresh the
>  Thomas> statistics on large datasets.
> While I agree that generally this is true, look how stupid this 
> behavior looks in this particular case: A developer creates a table
> and index, knowing that the table will be large and will be intensively 
> used. An admin runs 'VACUUM ANALYZE' when table is occasionally empty, 
> and next, say, 1 day, until another 'VACUUM ANALYZE' starts, the index 
> is simply not used! Sure you don't suppose to run 'VACUUM ANALYZE' every 
> 5 minutes as a solution, right?

You might want to try this on the next 8.0 beta to come out, or against
CVS. Tom recently applied some changes which should mitigate this


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