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> Using COPY ... FROM STDIN via the Perl DBI (DBD::Pg) interface,
> I accidentally strung together several \n-terminated input lines,
> and sent them to the server with a single "putline".
> So. Is it a feechur? Worth stress-testing? Could be VERY cool.

As explained elsewhere, not really a feature, more of a side-effect.
Keep in mind, however, that any network round-trip time saved has to
be balanced against some additional overhead of constructing the
combined strings in Perl before sending them over. Most times COPY
is used to parse a newline-separated file anyway. If you have a slow
network connection to the database, it *might* be a win, but my
limited testing shows that it is not an advantage for a "normal"
connection: I added 1 million rows via COPY using the normal way
(1 million pg_putline calls), via pg_putline of 1000 rows at a
time, and via 10,000 rows at a time. They all ran in 22 seconds,
with no statistical difference between them. (This was the "real" time,
the system time was actually much lower for the combined calls).

It can't hurt to test things out on your particular system and see
if it makes a real difference: it certainly does no harm as long as
you make sure the string you send always *end* in a newline.

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Greg Sabino Mullane [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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