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

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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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Postgres - Partitioning old tables, partition query planning, optimisation

I've been trying to optimise our database, but not being a DBA and not having done a whole lot of tuning before I'm struggling a little with "too many options". I've already run pg_tune and bumped a ...
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Improve performance with the WHERE NOT IN sub-select clause

In the following query, I have to count transactions for each customer. [EDIT]However, I have to exclude from the result set entirely, customers that have a transaction older than one year. ...
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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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How can you tell when a query plan reuse is causing performance problems

When investigating a performance issue, a workmate suggested running DBCC FREEPROCCACHE to clear the plan cache. He came to this conclusion after noticing performance improved after a reboot. This ...
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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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When does sp_executesql refresh the query plan?

You'll have to forgive my naivety as I'm not a DBA but my understanding is that over time the statistics of a database change and a stored procedure must be recompiled to keep the query plan up to ...
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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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Should I refresh query plan cache

Please let me explain my problem and situation: I have a web application - MVC3, MSSQL Server 2005, LinqToSQL. It has been running great until one fine morning I pushed a lot of rows to a table that ...
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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 does SQL Server generate a query execution plan that adds up to 6,000%? [duplicate]

Today I was on The Heap and was looking at a query plan for something I thought could be improved. However, it created something that shook my belief in the SQL Server query optimizer. Can I still ...
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How can I remove a bad execution plan from Azure SQL Database?

DBCC FREEPROCCACHE doesn't work in Azure SQL DB. 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 ...
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sql server partitioned view execution plan questions

I have created a partitioned view for 3 tables tb_sales2010,tb_sales2011,tb_sales2012 using check constraint (respectivly for each table) datepart(year,[Date])=(2010) datepart(year,[Date])=(2011) ...
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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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PostgreSQL Sequential Scan instead of Index Scan Why?

Hi All I've got a problem with my PostgreSQL database query and wondering if anyone can help. In some scenarios my query seems to ignore the index that I've created which is used for joining the two ...
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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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Query taking too much time

My query is taking too much time to execute. Please help me here. mysql> explain select pcm.catalog_id from cat_produ_catal_map_defer pcm, cat_catal_catal_map_defer ccm, cat_catal_defer c ...
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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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Estimated versus actual query plan with function calls

I have this query on SQL server, a merge replication query: SELECT DISTINCT b.tablenick, b.rowguid, c.generation, sys.fn_MSgeneration_downloadonly ( c.generation, ...
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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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postgresql sticking “enable_seqscan=False” in a UDF sensible?

I have a query which is taking 40 seconds to execute over the 80ms that it should if postgres where to filter off the primary key rather than doing a sequential scan. I have to force postgres to ...