On Tue, May 31, 2005 at 11:21:20 +0800,
  Tobias Brox <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> [Tobias Brox - Tue at 11:02:07AM +0800]
> > test=# explain select * from mock where b is NULL;
> >                              QUERY PLAN                             
> > --------------------------------------------------------------------
> >  Seq Scan on mock (cost=100000000.00..100000020.00 rows=6 width=8)
> >    Filter: (b IS NULL)
> > (2 rows)
> (...)
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> > TIP 9: the planner will ignore your desire to choose an index scan if your
> >       joining column's datatypes do not match
> That tip helped me :-)
> test=# explain select * from mock where (b IS NULL)=true;
>                               QUERY PLAN                              
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>  Index Scan using b_is_null on mock  (cost=0.00..4.68 rows=1 width=8)
>    Index Cond: ((b IS NULL) = true)
> (2 rows)

Looked back at your first example and saw that you didn't use a partial
index which is why you had to contort things to make it possible to
use an indexed search. (Though the planner really should have done this
since all of the rows should be in one disk block and doing an index
scan should require doing more disk reads than a sequential scan for
the test case you used.)

You want something like this:
CREATE INDEX b_is_null ON mock(b) WHERE b IS NULL;

The advantage is that the index can be a lot smaller than an index over all
of the rows in the case where only a small fraction of rows have a null value
for b. (If this isn't the case you probably don't want the index.)

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