On Mon, Sep 12, 2005 at 10:14:25 +0100,
  Hilary Forbes <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> Hello everyone
> I must be doing something very wrong here so help please!  I have two tables
> tableA has 300,000 recs
> tableB has 20,000 recs
> I need to set the value of a field in table A to a value in table B depending 
> on the existence of the record in table B.  So what I have done is
> UPDATE tableA set a.val1=b.somefield FROM tableA a, tableB b WHERE 
> a.key1=b.key1;
> The primary key of tableA is key1 and that of tableB is key1 ie the join is 
> on primary keys.
> The "optimizer" has elected to d a sequential scan on tableA to determine 
> which fields to update rather than the query being driveb by tableB and it is 
> taking forever.  Surely I must be able to force the system to read down 
> tableB in preference to reading down tableA?

It would help to see the exact query and the explain analyze output. Hopefully
you didn't really write the query similar to above, since it is using illegal
syntax and the if it was changed slightly to become legal than it would do a
cross join of table A with the inner join of tableA and tableB, which isn't
what you want.

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