I am also very interesting in this very question.. Is there any way to
declare a persistant cursor that remains open between pg sessions? 
This would be better than a temp table because you would not have to
do the initial select and insert into a fresh table and incur those IO
costs, which are often very heavy, and the reason why one would want
to use a cursor.

Alex Turner

On Thu, 20 Jan 2005 15:20:59 +0000, Richard Huxton <dev@archonet.com> wrote:
> Andrei Bintintan wrote:
> >> If you're using this to provide "pages" of results, could you use a
> >> cursor?
> >
> > What do you mean by that? Cursor?
> >
> > Yes I'm using this to provide "pages", but If I jump to the last pages
> > it goes very slow.
> FETCH FORWARD 10 IN mycursor;
> CLOSE mycursor;
> Repeated FETCHes would let you step through your results. That won't
> work if you have a web-app making repeated connections.
> If you've got a web-application then you'll probably want to insert the
> results into a cache table for later use.
> --
>    Richard Huxton
>    Archonet Ltd
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