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

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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 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 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 ('(data/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 plan ...
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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 ...
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Retrieve XML of large plan from plan cache

I'm trying to view (graphically) a large query plan that is in the plan cache and am running into problems where the XML is truncated in the query results. This is the query I'm using: SELECT TOP 1 ...
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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 = c....
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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 ...
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Storage order vs Result order

This is a spin-off question from Sort order specified in primary key, yet sorting is executed on SELECT. @Catcall says this on the subject of storage order (clustered index) and the output order ...
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SQl code performance

What measurement do you know if this sql code is efficient based on execution plans? How do you know if this sql code is efficient based on execution plans? SELECT [CustomerID], [...
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Why does SQL Server “Compute Scalar” when I SELECT a persisted computed column?

The three SELECT statements in this code USE [tempdb]; GO SET NOCOUNT ON; CREATE TABLE dbo.persist_test ( id INT NOT NULL , id5 AS (id * 5) , id5p AS (id ...
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Is it correct, order of where clause doesn't matter when it is used with join?

I have question on execution of queries in which join is used with where clauses. I read this question on join with where conditions. I tried options like disabling rules and checked actual query ...
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How do I get the execution plan for a view?

I have a schema with a number of views. I need to check the execution plans to make sure the appropriate indexes are in place and being used. How do I do this? I'd rather not have to copy and paste ...
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Oracle build_plan_xml visualizer

Background: Please review my related question that involves SQL Server : Interpreting SQL Server's Showplan XML I now have a very nice looking Execution Plan display for SQL Server (as a result of my ...
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Can you explain this execution plan?

I was researching something else when I came across this thing. I was generating test tables with some data in it and running different queries to find out how different ways to write queries affects ...
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Interpreting SQL Server's Showplan XML

I just rolled out a feature on my site http://sqlfiddle.com that allows users to view the raw execution plans for their queries. In the case of PostgreSQL, MySQL, and (to some extent) Oracle, looking ...
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Query tuning - SQL Server

One of our developers are trying to run the below query on a development server, which involves pulling data from a linked server, production. The query ran for more than 14 hours before it was ...
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Execution Plans Query

I want to check the estimated number of rows of a query in MS SQL Server. I can right click on the query and select "display estimated execution plan". but I want to do the exact thing with a hard ...
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Filtered indices: Why include the filtered-on field?

This just drives me mad. Consider a simple table with irrelevant columns removed: create table boxes ( row_id int not null identity(1,1) primary key, location varchar(15) null, dismantled bit ...