Chris Kratz <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> Does anyone have any idea why there be over a 4s difference between running 
> the statement directly and using explain analyze?

>  Aggregate  (cost=9848.12..9848.12 rows=1 width=0) (actual 
> time=4841.231..4841.235 rows=1 loops=1)
>    ->  Seq Scan on answer  (cost=0.00..8561.29 rows=514729 width=0) (actual 
> time=0.011..2347.762 rows=530576 loops=1)
>  Total runtime: 4841.412 ms

EXPLAIN ANALYZE's principal overhead is two gettimeofday() kernel calls
per plan node execution, so 1061154 such calls here.  I infer that
gettimeofday takes about 4 microseconds on your hardware ... which seems
a bit slow for modern machines.  What sort of box is it?

                        regards, tom lane

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