In the context of a database, optimisation refers to the process of the query optimiser selecting the best query plan to execute.

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Why does MySQL ignore the index even on force for this order by?

I run an EXPLAIN: mysql> explain select last_name from employees order by last_name; +----+-------------+-----------+------+---------------+------+---------+------+-------+----------------+ | ...
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Is there a way to hint to query optimizer to MySQL which constraints should be done first?

This is my current query: SELECT BusinessID as ID, 111151.29341326*SQRT(pow(-6.186751-X(LatLong),2)+pow(106.772835-Y(LatLong),2)*0.98838574205337) AS Distance from ( SELECT * FROM ...
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SQL Server Optimization/Configuration for Inflexible Application

I'm responsible for overseeing an application which uses SQL Server as its backend storage solution. Unfortunately, the application has no concept of how a RDBMS should be utilized and seems to use it ...
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Good, Bad or Indifferent: WHERE 1=1

Given this question on reddit, I cleaned up the query to point out where the issue was in the query. I use comma first and WHERE 1=1 to make modifying queries easier, so my queries generally end up ...
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Optimizing my update sequence

Whenever a user updates his profile, we conduct a set of queries like so: DELETE FROM `user_likes` WHERE `ID` = $id INSERT INTO `user_likes` VALUES (DEFAULT, $id, $interest_id, $interest_name) Is ...
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Do cross-joins get optimised by the client library?

Note This is deliberately database agnostic, I'm interested in how different implementations, er, differ. I came across Joins are for lazy people on SO, and it's made me question an assumption I'd ...
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Does the order of fields in SELECT query matter when using composite indexing?

I understand that the order of columns in the index itself matters immensely; however, what about the order of columns in the subsequent SELECT queries that make use of that index? For example, if I ...
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MySQL Query Optimization : Indexing and Pagination

I'm adding pagination to my 'latest news' php script and running in to an issue. SELECT sid, title, time, bodytext, author, url FROM news WHERE approved=1 ORDER BY time desc LIMIT $start, $limit I ...
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Optimizing queries on a range of timestamps (two columns)

I use postgresql-9.1 with ubuntu 12.04. I need to select records inside a range of time: my table time_limits has two timestamp fields and one property integer. Indeed there are other info columns ...
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250 billion rows - computing interconnectedness on a really huge scale

I have a table of approximately 700k rows, each identified by a unique itemnumber. Each row/item can be associated with any of the other rows/items in the table by calculating a single numerical ...
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How does the T-SQL optimizer handle “and false”

In SQL SERVER 2008 I'm thinking about a query such as: SELECT ... FROM ... WHERE ... AND @a=1 UNION SELECT ... FROM ... WHERE ... AND @a=2 Given that @a is clearly the same value, and therefore ...
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Huge database logging of event type rows and ways to optimize it

We have a database that stores events. Events are generated at a 1000 per sec rate. We need to keep these events accessible for some years. Usual use of these events is selecting some of them from the ...
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MySQL reads / writes per table

I am optimising our DB. Essentially I am trying to find the most written and the most read tables in our db. After that I will follow by sym-linking those tables into separate drives. Is there a way ...
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How to Correctly Estimate the Average Number of I/O Operations my RAID 10 disk can offer?

The average Input/Output Operations per Second a disk can sustain is a very important factor in the tuning of MySQL / InnoDB databases, as it drives the speed with which Dirty InnoDB Buffer Pool pages ...
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How to create multiple entries on index based on the fields of one row?

I never found a good way to index multiple fields of one row as entries of an index or simulate this feature on MySQL. The problem arises when you have fields working as tags or similar concept. Ex.: ...
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Optimizing PostgreSQL for transient data

I have several tables with 100-300 columns of integer types each, that hold highly volatile data. The datasets are keyed by one or two primary keys, and when refresh occurs, the whole dataset is ...
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Can I optimize for the zIIP processor?

Is it possible to change SQL in a z/OS mainframe COBOL application so that it becomes eligible to be directed to the IBM System z Integrated Information Processor (zIIP)?
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Speeding SQL queries for a large(?) WordPress database?

I am using a WordPress plugin called feedwordpress in order to run a planet like website (it takes content from other websites, with their permission) on WordPress (See it here). The plugin is great ...
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Fetch first 9 records and make one more record which will be as “Others” in MySQL

I am fetching records from one table with count of one field with other field as name. I want only 10 records. out of which 9 records give me field and its count. but i want to show 10 record as ...
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ORDER BY optimization for a large table

I am currently aggregating posts from different social networks. Currently I have 50-100 million posts from Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram , Pinterest. Consider a table posts posts { id ...
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Optimize MySQL Query using LEFT JOIN

I have a query with execution plan as below and is taking more than 20 seconds to execute how can i optimize it EXPLAIN SELECT c.coupon_id as c_id, `c` . *, `st`.`name` AS `store` FROM `coupon` AS ...
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Indexing strategy when using the between operator SQL Server 2008

I have a large table ~25 million rows with the structure CREATE TABLE [dbo].[rx]( [pat_id] [int] NOT NULL, [fill_Date] [date] NOT NULL, [script_End_Date] AS ...
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How much does table size affect performance?

Lets say I have a MyISAM table (amongst other tables) with 2938347 rows. This table is merely being used for logging and doesn't get emptied very often. By not regularly archiving or deleting these ...
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MongoDB optimization on high data

I have a mongoDB collection with 42M registers with 1M new registers every day. We found a low performance on mongoDB querying. showing in mongostat the fields: qr|qw ar|aw with values of 300-500. ...
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my.cnf values not applying - Optimizing MySQL in CentOS LAMP

I have checked for other occurences of my.cnf and I have found only one occurrence of /etc/my.cnf. Then, I went ahead to fix in my values, e.g. query_cache_size etc. After saving and literally ...
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SQL Server Wildcardless LIKE Optimization

In a web application using SQL Server 2008 R2 as the backend, I have several fields, that if present, add WHERE clauses to the query. If I was to have all queries generated as like clauses, such as: ...
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View with fallback (performance/optimization question)

I have a table with tariffs for stuff; the tariffs table is not important in this scenario, the "tariff values" are. In this Demonstration SQL Fiddle the tariff_plan is the FK to the tariffplans table ...
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How to get the information of the optimizer of sql server?

The info like total optimization time, the time spent on each stage of optimization, the number of alternative plans and the cost of each alternative plan. Is there any way to get these info using sql ...
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Optimizing MySQL -

I've been researching how to optimize MySQL a bit, but I still have a few questions. MySQL Primer Results http://pastie.org/private/lzjukl8wacxfjbjhge6vw Based on this, the first problem seems to be ...
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MySQL: A better way to write this query?

We are using the following query in our system: SELECT f.type AS type, COUNT(i.id) AS submissions, SUM((CASE (e.oiPost + e.oiPhone + e.oiEmail) WHEN 0 THEN 0 WHEN ...
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How to use the METHOD_OPT parameter in DBMS_STATS.gather_table_stats

Hi there I was just wondering what would be the difference between these 2 METHOD_OPT parameter settings: FOR COLUMNS SIZE 5 some_column and FOR COLUMNS some_column SIZE 5 both will create a ...
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Should we add extra 5 columns or build a separate table?

Currently we have a table with 35 fields in it. Now, we got a requirement to add 5 extra columns but these columns will not be fill always. So, I was thinking just add one column and have that id as ...
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DBMS_REDEFINITION vs EXCHANGE PARTITION in oracle

In order to partition an existing non-partitioned table it is possible to use either the EXCHANGE PARTITION or DBMS_REDEFINITION. How to decide on which of those possibilities to choose for table ...
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Does combining columns into 1 column helps to optimize a large table?

I have user, items and user_items tables, and as usual user has many items. Tables contains: User: ~50K Items: ~3.5M UserItems: ~5M I am using MySQL and most of my queries are selecting items of a ...
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Searching for pairs of date/time values in a single row

I have a legacy IBM DB2 database table that contains lots of records of phone calls. It has columns for ID, customer number, employee who took the call, etc. The date/time for each call is kept in a ...
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optimizing a compare query

Suppose I have two tables, A and B, and I know that size(A) = size(B). I want to confirm that the data in both tables is the same in three given columns, suppose they are X, Y, and Z (there are no ...
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“Copying to tmp table” extremely slow

This is my example of query: SELECT nickname, CASE class_id WHEN 1 THEN 'Druid' WHEN 2 THEN 'Necromancer' WHEN 3 THEN 'Mage' WHEN 4 THEN 'Priest' WHEN 5 THEN ...
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Improving slow queries. Slow query log attached

Below is the Slow Query Log when my .NET application was running. Please let me know how to improve the performance of the queries: TCP Port: 3306, Named Pipe: (null) Time Id Command ...
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forcing Oracle to use hash join for a subquery

I have a query that looks like SELECT * FROM table0 WHERE id IN (SELECT id FROM table1 JOIN table2) Oracle is choosing to join table0 with the result of (table1 x table2) using nested loops and ...
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Optimisation Newbie: How much of a 'sin' is redundancy?

I've been developing for a while, but never really had to deal with DB/scaling issues before. That's suddenly changed and I've found myself in the deep end. I have 2 SQL tables, as such: VOTES ...
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How can I optimize performance on a MySQL ndbcluster?

So, this is what I have: A simple table classes__to_students: |class |student| --------------- Math Alice Math Bob Math Peter Math Anne Music Bob Music Chis Music ...
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Subqueries run very fast individually, but when joined are very slow

ypercube solved the problem. Subqueries were totally unnecessary, and the whole thing works with plain joins. It is still strange that MySQL's optimizer could not make use of my original query, ...
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MySQL optimization - year column grouping - using temporary table, filesort

I have a transactions table which is having 600,000 records, I need to list the count for the dashboard on financial year basis. The table used is MyISAM. I tried adding index for the transaction date ...
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Analysing A Query Plan

Why is the following query slow? select count(*) from [dbo].[mt_dispatch_link] , [dbo].[_mt_dispatch] [_mt_dispatch] where (mt_dispatch_link.contract_id_1 = _mt_dispatch.contract_id ...
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Optimising MySQL

As per this post, it looks like I'm having some serious issues with MySQL optimisation. Unfortunately, I have no idea where to start! I'm running a DirectAdmin-based CentOS dedicated server. It's an ...
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What are the key points to avoid table locks?

MySQL is using at my company and most of the database administration works on trying to solve the table locks. What are the key points to avoid table locks(I mean at database side and even at software ...
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if database is not shrinked does it affect backup size?

Ok my question is simple. Lets say that when i click database and hover over shrink it says it can be reduced 1 GB space. Now when i do a backup of this database, does this space also getting added ...
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This query is choking the server. How can I improve it?

Following query is hogging a lot of resources, as much as that the queries are getting locked down & CPU usage goes through the roof! The MySQL Processes list shows that as the number of requests ...
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How to optimize this dynamic stored procedure

I have a stored procedure which is retrieving data using 20 tables. Sample of the procedure: CREATE PROCEDURE GetEnquiries ( @EnquiryDate DATETIME = NULL ) AS ...
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Maximum possible memory usage: 16.2G (874% of installed RAM)

Why the MySQL is saying that can use about 16GB of RAM even if my server has only about 2GB? # ./mysqltuner.pl >> MySQLTuner 1.2.0 - Major Hayden <major@mhtx.net> >> Bug ...