>>>>> "Merlin" == Merlin Moncure <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
>> Consider this query:
>> SELECT distinct owner from pictures;
>> Any ideas, apart from more or less manually maintaining a list of
>> distinct owners in another table ?
Merlin> you answered your own question. With a 20 row owners table,
Merlin> you should be directing your efforts there group by is
Merlin> faster than distinct, but both are very wasteful and
Merlin> essentially require s full seqscan of the detail table.
Merlin> With a little hacking, you can change 'manual maintenance'
Merlin> to 'automatic maintenance'.
Merlin> 1. create table owner as select distinct owner from
Merlin> pictures; 2. alter table owner add constraint
Merlin> owner_pkey(owner); 3. alter table pictures add constraint
Merlin> ri_picture_owner(owner) references owner; 4. make a little
Merlin> append_ownder function which adds an owner to the owner
Merlin> table if there is not already one there. Inline this to your
Merlin> insert statement on pictures.
I just wished there was a means to fully automate all this and render
it transparent to the user, just like an index.
Merlin> Voila! Merlin p.s. normalize your data always!
I have this:
PictureID serial PRIMARY KEY,
Owner integer NOT NULL REFERENCES users,
CREATE TABLE users (
UserID serial PRIMARY KEY,
Name character varying(255),
Isn't it normalized ?
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