On February 10, 2005 10:58 am, Tom Lane wrote:
> 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?

dvl reported the same thing on #postgresql some months back, and neilc 
was/is/did looking into it.  I belive he came up with a way to move the 
function call outside of the loop  with no ill effects to the rest of the 
expected behavior.

>                       regards, tom lane
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Darcy Buskermolen
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