> From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Behalf Of Steven Rosenstein
> >> I don't think EXPLAIN ANALYZE puts that much overhead on a query.

I think you're being overly optimistic.  The explain shows that the
Materialize subnode is being entered upwards of 32 million times:

   ->  Materialize  (cost=505.06..511.38 rows=632 width=4) (actual 
time=0.00..0.02 rows=43 loops=752066)

43 * 752066 = 32338838.  The instrumentation overhead is basically two
gettimeofday() kernel calls per node entry.  Doing the math shows that
your machine is able to do gettimeofday() in about half a microsecond,
which isn't stellar but it's not all that slow for a kernel call.
(What's the platform here, anyway?)  Nonetheless it's a couple of times
larger than the actual time needed to pull a row from a materialized
array ...

The real answer to your question is "IN (subselect) sucks before PG 7.4;
get a newer release".

                        regards, tom lane

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