Charlie Savage <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> 1.  Postgresql estimates the index scan will be 50 times more costly 
> than the seq scan (112870376 vs 2229858) yet in fact it only takes 3 
> times longer to execute (2312426 s vs. 768403 s).  My understanding is 
> that postgresql assumes, via the random_page_cost parameter, that an 
> index scan will take 4 times longer than a sequential scan.  So why is 
> the analyzer estimating it is 50 times slower?

The other factors that are likely to affect this are index correlation
and effective cache size.  It's fairly remarkable that a full-table
index scan only takes 3 times longer than a seqscan; you must have both
a high correlation and a reasonably large cache.  You showed us your
effective_cache_size setting, but what's the pg_stats entry for 
completechain.tlid contain?  Can you quantify what the physical
ordering of tlid values is likely to be?

                        regards, tom lane

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