Tom Lane wrote:

Putting ORDER BYs in views that you intend to use as components of other views is a bad practice from a performance perspective...

There are also a lot of views involved here for very few output columns. Tom - is the planner smart enough to optimise-out unneeded columns from a SELECT * view if it's part of a join/subquery and you only use one or two columns?

Secondly, in the original plan we have:
-> Nested Loop Left Join (cost=1478.82..1716.37 rows=1 width=201) (actual time=3254.483..52847.064 rows=31 loops=1)

Now, we've got 31 rows instead of 1 here. The one side of the join ends up as:
-> Subquery Scan vsp (cost=985.73..1016.53 rows=1103 width=12) (actual time=25.328..1668.754 rows=493 loops=31)
-> Merge Join (cost=985.73..1011.01 rows=1103 width=130) (actual time=25.321..1666.666 rows=493 loops=31)

Would I be right in thinking the planner doesn't materialise the subquery because it's expecting 1 loop not 31? If there were 1 row the plan would seem OK to me.

Is there any mileage in the idea of a "lazy" planner that keeps some alternative paths around in case they're needed? Or a reactive one that can re-plan nodes when assumptions turn out to be wrong?

  Richard Huxton
  Archonet Ltd

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