The strategy selected by the query optimiser to process a query.

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Understanding SQL Server plan cache

I've been reading about the SQL Server plan cache and optimizing for adhoc workloads, etc. I'm fairly new to the topic and have a few general questions to help paint a better picture: Suppose I have ...
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What to look for in query execution plans? [closed]

Assuming the query execution is slow, I have collected the xml plan. What should I look for in the actual execution plan. What are the top 10 things I need to watch out for? I know this is a broad ...
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Simple SELECT takes forever, but works as a subquery. Why?

I'm running a MySQL 5.1 server and I have a MyISAM table called my_table with nearly 5 million records. Its structure is the following: ...
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Does SQL Sentry Plan Explorer count the reads in UDFs?

I have a query like this: select dbo.fn_complexFunction(t.id) from mytable t In SQL Sentry Plan Explorer, I noticed I have to run Get Estimated Plan in SQL Sentry to make the Query Plan include the ...
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Different execution plan for the same query if I change a value in the predicate

I am getting two different execution plans for the same query only by changing the value in the predicate, the first one uses nested loops and the other one hash join which takes a lot longer. ...
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SQL Server Index Scan Actual Executions

I have a fairly complicated query and running it on two databases with same schemas, but with different data produces different result. On database D1 the elapsed time is around 1 second, and the ...
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SQL Server 2005 get execution plan of a overnight stored procedure

There is a overnight job runs long time. I have used profiler to get the trace and identified a statement (in a stored procedure) that takes most of execution time. Now I need to see the execution ...
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A query executed in a backup of a database is performing better than if executed in the original database

We have two databases with the same data, let's call it Database A which is the original and Database B which is the backup from Database A. A query is performing much better in Database B for example ...
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Optimizing complex join predicates [closed]

Table Definitions CREATE TABLE [dbo].[Pin_Mtg] ( [MtgId] bigint NULL, [CntyCd] char(5) NOT NULL, [BatchDt] int NOT NULL, [BatchSeq] int NOT NULL, [MtgSeq] tinyint NOT NULL, ...
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Execution plan vs STATISTICS IO order

SQL Server graphical execution plans read right to left and top to bottom. Is there a meaningful order to the output generated by SET STATISTICS IO ON? The following query: SET STATISTICS IO ON; ...
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SQL Query too slow on SUM function

I've a table with around 32 million rows having clustered unique index on CountryID,RetailerID,ProductID,DateID,EventID,TypeID and query is SELECT f.RetailerID , TypeID ...
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How to optimise T-SQL query using Execution Plan

I have a SQL query that I have spent the past two days trying to optimise using trial-and-error and the execution plan, but to no avail. Please forgive me for doing this but I will post the entire ...
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Updating a table efficiently using JOIN

I have a table that has the details of households and another that has the details of all the persons associated with the households. For the household table I have a primary key defined using two ...
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Need help understanding query plan: estimates vs. actuals [closed]

I'd like to understand a section of the query plan that seems to mess up my query. The picture shows that there's a clustered index seek, followed by compute scalar, followed by sort. The part ...
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Query Plans not retained insufficient memory errors

We have been experiencing memory issues with SQL Server. We first realised we had a problem when we started getting timeouts and login errors: A connection was successfully established with the ...
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Oracle 11g bug ? not returning the record until I triggered index to invisible and then to visible

We are using Oracle 11g, 11.2.0.3. We know a record exists in a table but a select is not returning it for some odd reason. The execution plans the general query, not forcing any index, shows that ...
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Relative cost of two similar queries involving XML columns

I have two queries as shown below which do the same thing. Here xmlcolumn is a column with datatype XML. I use these queries to search for a string anywhere in the XML column. I checked the execution ...
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On which server does a query execute?

Given two Microsoft SQL servers: Say ServerA has a view titled "View1": SELECT * FROM ServerB.database.dbo.Table1 WHERE Column1 IN (1,2,3) and a stored procedure "sp_Foo": SELECT * FROM View1 WHERE ...
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Why does the plan cache contain estimated and not actual execution plans?

I can think of many reasons behind this decision of storing estimated plans in the plan cache and not the actual plan. But I can't find the "correct" answer.
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Execution Plan not matching Stored Proc

Below is a stored proc to count the number of widgets made in a month. If no widgets are made, no records will exists. The execution plan shows an INNER JOIN of the M and A tables, where in the ...
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Index Seek vs Index Scan

Looking at an execution plan of a slow running query and I noticed that some of the nodes are index seek and some of them are index scan. What is the difference between and index seek and an index ...
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Are SQL Server statistics stored in database or buffer pool?

Just wondering are statistics kept in the database but not in the memory? If I backup/restore the database from a prod server to a development server, would it keep the same statistics so that ...
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How to determine cause of runtime increase given two query plans with SpillToTempDb warning

Two actual query plans were captured for two executions of one query: Plan "Fast" took ~1s and occurs about 90% of the time. Plan "Slow" took ~16s. Since the graphical plans look ...
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Are database query optimizers aware of storage performance differences?

As I understand it, the query optimizer in SQL Server (or any other RDBMS, really) isn't aware of the performance of the storage underneath the database, and will make decisions as if all storage has ...
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How can I remove a bad execution plan from SQL Azure?

DBCC FREEPROCCACHE doesn't work in SQL Azure. How else can I force a plan to kick itself out of the cache in a way that won't hurt a production system (i.e. I can't just go alter tables willy nilly)? ...
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Are the cost percentages in this SQL Server plan over 100% for a valid reason?

I'm looking through the plan cache, looking for low-hanging optimization fruit and came across this snippet: Why are many of the costs listed above 100% ? Shouldn't that be impossible?
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SQL Server 2008 query planner failing after index drop & recreate

Recently we ran a script to our production DB that would dynamically drop and recreate hundreds of indexes as filtered indexes. While this script had run perfectly in all other previous tests, now ...
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Fast paginated result, for various filter clauses

I have been working on obtaining a paginated result from a table in my database (11g). While I have a query that does work (ie, the result is correct) it does not perform as well as I'd like to and I ...
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Should I be alarmed by this NO JOIN PREDICATE warning?

I'm troubleshooting the bits and pieces of a poorly-performing stored procedure. This section of the procedure is throwing a NO JOIN PREDICATE warning select method = case ...
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Parameter Sniffing vs VARIABLES vs Recompile vs OPTIMIZE FOR UNKNOWN

So we had a long running proc causing problems this morning (30 sec + run time). We decided to check to see if parameter sniffing was to blame. So, we rewrote the proc and set the incoming ...
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Performance of different precedence pseudocolumn solutions with LIMIT

I was wondering about the relative performance of the solutions provided in the answers to a question on stackoverflow, I decided to run some tests. The OP wanted to get the first matching row given ...
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Execution plan in simple query in PgSQL depends on offset clause, why?

Update on 2013-01-16 11:08: see below I am working on PostgreSQL 8.4.14 with the following table fed with 53k lines: CREATE TABLE botany.taxon_data_cache ( taxon_id int NOT NULL, ...
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Performance on SQL Join

I have a query which takes ages to run mainly due to a join between 2 tables on a PK and FK. The Key is prefixed with 2 letters (which is always the same, RN) followed by 7 digits So RN1234567 for ...
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Optimising plans with XML readers

Executing the query from here to pull the deadlock events out of the default extended events session SELECT CAST ( REPLACE ( REPLACE ( XEventData.XEvent.value ...
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Non-clustered Index Update not displayed in execution plan [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Nonclustered Index Insert I'm trying to work out the cost of having a nonclustered index on a particular table, but I don't see any maintenance cost in the execution ...
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Why are there execution plan differences between OFFSET … FETCH and the old-style ROW_NUMBER scheme?

The new OFFSET ... FETCH model introduces with SQL Server 2012 offers simple and faster paging. Why are there any differences at all considering that the two forms are semantically identical and very ...
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Forcing an index spool

I know its something that should be avoided for performance reasons, but am trying to show a condition where it appears as a demo on how to make sure it does not appear. However, I end up with a ...
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Does SQL Server 2008 store the creation date of execution plans?

We recently upgraded an application we use, which involved modifying the schema for the database. These changes could have forced cached execution plans to be discarded. If SQL Server was forced to ...
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How Can the Same Query in Two Nearly Identical Instances Generate Two Different Execution Plans?

Server A and Server B have identical hardware and instance configurations (A is Production, B is QA). B's DBs were restored from A's backups from one week ago. I was provided this query by the ...
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Binding errors with dependent stored procedures

We are getting strange errors on one of our stored procedures. This stored procedure calls other stored procedures & we are getting errors relating to columns that cannot be found in the sub ...
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Large set of execution plans hangs up SSMS

I have a stored procedure that takes about 3-5 seconds that I'm trying to understand so I want an execution plan for it. When I run it in SQL Server Management Studio with Execution Plan enabled, it ...
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How are foreign keys resolved when creating tables in batch?

I am creating a database version management tool with the goal of being able to recreate a database from scratch using text/sql files contained in source control. As part of establishing a baseline ...
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Query performance and join hints, plan cost, and duration

Having some trouble identifying why a query's duration would decrease when using OPTION (HASH JOIN) or OPTION (MERGE JOIN), although plan cost increases. Background I have a reporting database using ...
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How (and why) does TOP impact an execution plan?

For a moderately complex query I am trying to optimize, I noticed that removing the TOP n clause changes the execution plan. I would have guessed that when a query includes TOP n the database engine ...
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Does a change in a query executed with sp_executesql cause recompilations?

I am experiencing a lot of re-compilations in my database. Most of the queries being executed are simple queries and all of them are being executed using the sp_executesql stored procedure. ...
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Correlated subquery and join: still the same exectution plan?

I have a correlated subquery like this (from BOL): SELECT DISTINCT c.LastName, c.FirstName, e.BusinessEntityID FROM Person.Person AS c JOIN HumanResources.Employee AS e ON e.BusinessEntityID = ...
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Revert to old plan in Oracle

A weekly, scheduled, schema wide stats update was run on our Oracle 11R2 RAC cluster on Sunday. One of the queries had no apparent data or code change but now runs at 3 hours instead of 20 minutes. ...
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How do you figure out what planner cost constants to use in Postgres?

I'm using Postgres 8.4 right now. Performance has started to become an issue as our tables have grown in size and our queries in complexity, so I've started to look into some performance tuning, but I ...
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can sql generate a good plan for this procedure?

I have read that procs that do not always do the same thing per se, will not always have a good plan generated. That is (correct me if I'm wrong), if I have a proc that if the day is even it reads ...
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T-SQL query using completely different plan depending on number of rows I'm updating

I have a SQL UPDATE statement with a "TOP (X)" clause, and the row I'm updating values in has about 4 billion rows. When I use "TOP (10)", I get one execution plan that executes almost instantly, but ...