On Thu, Jan 27, 2005 at 21:17:56 -0800,
  Zavier Sheran <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> quote from manual:
> --
> Unfortunately, there is no similarly trivial query
> that can be used to improve the performance of count()
> when applied to the entire table
> --
> does count(1) also cause a sequential scan of the
> entire table? It should be able to just use the
> primary keys.

No it can't just use the index file, so that an index scan will be slower
than the sequential scan unless there is a where clause restricting the
number of rows to a small fraction (about 5%) of the table.

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