I've got 2 tables defined as follows:

CREATE TABLE "cluster"
id int8 NOT NULL DEFAULT nextval('serial'::text),
clusterid varchar(255) NOT NULL,

CREATE TABLE sensorreport
id int8 NOT NULL DEFAULT nextval('serial'::text),
clusterid int8 NOT NULL,
CONSTRAINT pk_sensorreport PRIMARY KEY (id),
CONSTRAINT fk_sensorreport_clusterid FOREIGN KEY (clusterid) REFERENCES

I've defined an Index on the clusterid field of sensorreport.

Looking further down, perhaps an index on cluster.clusterid too.

So I've run into 2 issues, one a SELECT, the other a DELETE;

SELECT issue:
So the following query:
EXPLAIN ANALYZE select * from sensorreport where clusterid = 25000114;

"Index Scan using idx_sensorreport_clusterid on sensorreport
(cost=0.00..2.01 rows=1 width=129) (actual time=0.000..0.000 rows=38
"  Index Cond: (clusterid = 25000114)"
"Total runtime: 0.000 ms"

However, when using a join as follows (in the cluster table id=25000114
EXPLAIN ANALYZE select * from sensorreport as a join cluster as c on c.id =
a.clusterid where c.clusterid = 'clusterid1';

You don't say what version you're using, but older versions of PG took a literal join as a request to plan a query in that order. Try rewriting it without the "join" keyword and see if the plan alters.

Hash Join  (cost=1.18..566211.51 rows=1071429 width=287) (actual
time=150025.000..150025.000 rows=38 loops=1)
  Hash Cond: ("outer".clusterid = "inner".id)
  ->  Seq Scan on sensorreport a  (cost=0.00..480496.03 rows=15000003
width=129) (actual time=10.000..126751.000 rows=15000039 loops=1)
  ->  Hash  (cost=1.18..1.18 rows=1 width=158) (actual time=0.000..0.000
rows=0 loops=1)
        ->  Seq Scan on "cluster" c  (cost=0.00..1.18 rows=1 width=158)
(actual time=0.000..0.000 rows=1 loops=1)
              Filter: ((clusterid)::text = 'clusterid1'::text)
Total runtime: 150025.000 ms

My question is can I get the join query to use the
idx_sensorreport_clusterid index on the sensorreport table?

The only reason to use the index on sensorreport is if it isn't going to match many rows. That means we want to run the restriction on "clisterid1" first, which suggests you want that index on table cluster.

DELETE issue:
The statement:
EXPLAIN ANALYZE delete from cluster where clusterid='clusterid99'

 Seq Scan on "cluster"  (cost=0.00..1.18 rows=1 width=6) (actual
time=0.000..0.000 rows=1 loops=1)
   Filter: ((clusterid)::text = 'clusterid99'::text)
 Total runtime: 275988.000 ms

I'm assuming that the length of the delete is because the "DELETE RESTRICT"
on the foreign key from sensortable.
Again, is there any way to get the delete to use the
idx_sensorreport_clusterid index?

No, because this is the cluster table, not sensorreport :-)

  Richard Huxton
  Archonet Ltd

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