On Mon, 2004-12-13 at 01:13 -0500, Sven Willenberger wrote:
> I have a question regarding a serious performance hit taken when using a 
> LIMIT clause. I am using version 7.4.6 on FreeBSD 4.10-STABLE with 2GB 
> of memory. The table in question contains some 25 million rows with a 
> bigserial primary key, orderdate index and a referrer index. The 2 
> select statements are as follow:

It's an interesting question, but to be able to get answers from this
list you will need to provide "EXPLAIN ANALYZE ..." rather than just
"EXPLAIN ...".

AFAICS the bad plan on LIMIT is because it optimistically thinks the
odds are around the 0.00 end, rather than the 64297840.86 end, and
indeed that is what the "Limit ..." estimate is showing.  A bad plan (in
your case) is encouraged here by the combination of "LIMIT" and "ORDER

For real background on this, and calculated recommendations, we'd need
that more detailed output though.

As a quick hack, it's possible that you could improve things by
increasing the samples on relevant columns with some judicious "ALTER

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