"Leeuw van der, Tim" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

> I don't think EXPLAIN ANALYZE puts that much overhead on a query.

EXPLAIN ANALYZE does indeed impose a significant overhead. What percentage of
the time is overhead depends heavily on how much i/o the query is doing.

For queries that are primarily cpu bound because they're processing data from
the cache it can be substantial. If all the data is in the shared buffers then
the gettimeofday calls for explain analyze can be just about the only syscalls
being executed and they're executed a lot.

It would be interesting to try to subtract out the profiling overhead from the
data like most profilers do. But it's not an easy thing to do since the times
are nested.


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