"Steinar H. Gunderson" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> On Sat, Dec 11, 2004 at 03:17:13PM +0100, Tomas Skäre wrote:
> > select c.* from cjm_object c
> > inner join
> > (select max(timestamp) as timestamp,objectid,field from cjm_object
> > group by objectid,field) t
> > using(timestamp,objectid,field)
> > where 1=1 and data is not null
> > order by objectid,field;
> Usually, SELECT max(field) FROM table is better written in PostgreSQL as
> SELECT field FROM table ORDER field DESC LIMIT 1.
Well, my subquery doesn't return just one row, but one for each
objectid,field combination in the table. I could rewrite it to
something like this:
select c.* from cjm_object c
where exists (select timestamp from cjm_object t
order by timestamp desc limit 1)
and data is not null
order by objectid;
But that seems to be even slower, even if it can use an index scan in
the subquery. Also it doesn't give the same result set, but I haven't
looked into what's wrong yet.
> I don't see the point of "where 1=1", though...
It's just because the actual query is generated by a program, and it's
easier to always have "where 1=1" and then add optional conditions
with "and ...".
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