Re: Unexpected sequence scan

From: Kevin Grittner
Subject: Re: Unexpected sequence scan
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In response to: Unexpected sequence scan  (Dan Fairs)
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Unexpected sequence scan  (Dan Fairs, )
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 Re: Unexpected sequence scan  (Tom Lane, )
  Re: Unexpected sequence scan  (Dan Fairs, )

Dan Fairs <> wrote:

> I have a query which is running slowly, and the query plan shows
> an unexpected sequence scan where I'd have expected the planner to
> use an index.

Looking at the actual row counts compared to run time, it appears
that the active portion of your data set is heavily cached.  In such
an environment, I would add these lines to postgresql.conf, to
better model costs:

seq_page_cost = 0.1
random_page_cost = 0.1  # or maybe slightly higher
cpu_tuple_cost = 0.03


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