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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Complex “activity” based query optimization

I'm working on a query in the same style as Facebook's feed on a table that currently has 500,000 rows. For now I am just looking to get the 20 newest items (new records created by a user's ...
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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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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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Query optimization, SQL Server cache query, SQL Server execution query

I have 2 queries, the results of their execution is the same, but I don't know which of these is the best in terms of performance and why. Query #1: SELECT CASE WHEN ( EXISTS (SELECT 1 AS [C1] ...
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Why are the plans different if the queries are logically alike?

I wrote two functions to answer Day 3's first homework question from Seven Databases in Seven Weeks. Create a stored procedure where you can input a movie title or actor's name you like, and it ...
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MySQL geospatial query optimisation suggestions

I am new to DB Administration. Trying to sort out this query which is the heart of our application. I am searching google on similar questions, but would like an experts opinion on my particular ...
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On which fields to index? Fields queried (WHERE) or fields returned (SELECT)

I have a large MySQL database table (~1 million rows and growing) on an AWS RDS Medium instance: mysql> describe clients; ...
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is it good to add index on column used in group by clause?

I have a query like- select x, sum(y) from xyz where z>=100 group by x order by sum(y) desc; will it be faster if I am going to add index on x?
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Optimizing query on a partitioned table

Tried to find an answer for this, but couldn't. So bear with me and apologies if this has been answered elsewhere. It may be just me not being able to find it. Here's the setup: SQL 2008 R2 EE. Table ...
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What does enabling containment on server incur?

Having read in a book of Patrick LeBlank "Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Step by Step": "Benefits and limitations of contained databases As with most features, there are benefits and ...
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Oracle sql plan for a select with procedure in terms section

Is there any difference in optimizing a plan to execute any sql request in case of using a procedure from a package which checks to display row or not and in case of constructing a plain sql query ...
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SQL query filled Temdb complete Harddisk [closed]

I have a query which was earlier fine but now it is running me out of hard disk space with message that tempdb is full. My Harddisk has 90 gb of space as soon as i run query temdb runs out of space in ...
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DROP TABLE on a huge InnoDB table

I have an innodb table with over 140 million rows taking 26GB. I would like to drop this table however this is taking way too long, probably days. How can I speed up this query? processor: Intel® ...
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Optimizing a CTE hierarchy

Update below I have a table of accounts with a typical acct/parent account architecture to represent a hierarchy of accounts (SQL Server 2012). I created a VIEW using a CTE to hash out the hierarchy, ...
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MySQL (InnoDB) UPDATE SET performance with value in WHERE AND clause

If an UPDATE query is performed where the values being SET are also part of the WHERE clause, in the form of an additional AND statement on the column being set's value, is there a significant ...
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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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Schema for analytics table in Postgres

We use Postgres for analytics (star schema). Every few seconds we get reports on ~500 metrics types. The simplest schema would be: timestamp metric_type value 78930890 FOO ...
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Which is better? A join or a SELECT IN? [closed]

I have a set of ids that I extract using a join of 2 tables. Now I need some information from 2 other tables. What would normally be the best approach? So a SELECT IN using the set of ids I already ...
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How is the number of records on a select determined as high or low by optimizer?

What is the threshold between using the index and doing an direct access to the database? I assume this decision is related to the number of index access (and subsequent access to the tables). If this ...
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Optimizing multiple MySQL sub-queries and joins for multiple runs

The query (below) that's running is taking ~0.6 sec which normally would be fine but it gets run almost 1300 times for different custids. How can I make it run faster? Setup: Mac OS X 10.7.5 MySQL ...
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GUID stored in a varchar field

I have inherited several databases that use GUIDs as PKs. Instead of all the datatypes being uniqueidentifier most are varchar(50) and some varchar(100). Fields are true GUID some where created by ...
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Large-query optimization: given my “explain” results, what stands out?

I've got a monster query, which runs quite quick in many cases, but in some cases very much slower. The EXPLAIN output below is from one of the slow cases. I'm guessing that the slowdown is related ...
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Query optimization on a large table in PostgreSQL

I am not super experienced with databases, just have a college level course under my belt. I am trying to see if an existing query can be optimized. Currently on average takes over 300ms. There is a ...
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How to force higher values of open_files_limit or table_open_cache?

I'm having a frustrating problem where setting my.cnf to values higher than I currently have them does not 'take'. This is MySQL 5.6.14 on MacOS X 10.8.3 I'm trying to address dropped connections ...
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SQL Server 2000 optimzation job hasn't run for a while

Our SQL Server 2000 used to run a Sunday morning 3am job of optimizing the database. Somehow it was turned off and hasn't run in a year. We have noticed slow access to the database. We turned it ...
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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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PL/pgSQL functions and optimizations fences?

I am newbie on DB stuff. And my DB knowledge is very old (around MSSQL2000). All what I remember is, the stored procedures are faster than ordinary queries because it avoid query compilation and ...
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Optimize MySQL Self JOIN Query

I have a query which is running in 15+ seconds SELECT t1.`ST_StockCode`, t2.`SM_StockCode`, t2.`ST_ItemSize` FROM `stocks` AS t1, `stocks` AS t2 WHERE ...
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can this mysql query be optimized further?

I have this query select counterparty_id, max(id) max_id from client_administrations where counterparty_type = 1 and effective_on <= '2013-10-22' group by counterparty_id When I ...
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Convert to Self JOIN

I have a correlated sub query, which is taking 16 Minutes to execute. How can I convert it to join or optimize it. SELECT SSF.SM_StockCode, SSF.ST_ItemSize FROM Stock AS SSF WHERE ...
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How to optimize NOT IN statement

Why does NOT IN performs INDEX SCAN instead of INDEX SEEK? Here's my current index on the table, CREATE NONCLUSTERED INDEX [idx_dmcasarms_CourseList_cDesc] ON [dbo].[courselist] ( [c_desc] ...
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Convert to JOIN [duplicate]

I have a correlated sub query, which is taking 16 Minutes to execute how can i convert it to join or optimize it. SELECT SSF.SM_StockCode, SSF.ST_ItemSize FROM Stock AS SSF WHERE SSF.SM_StockCode = ...
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Filesort while using primary key for orderby

I have been breaking my head for the past two days now for this. CREATE TABLE `clients` ( `id` int(10) unsigned NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, `guarantor_name` varchar(50) NOT NULL, ...
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How to optimize indexes on MySQL query with various sorts

I have an INNODB table levels: +--------------------+--------------+------+-----+---------+-------+ | Field | Type | Null | Key | Default | Extra | ...
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Optimize extremely slow SQL query [closed]

SELECT j.job_id,j.last_updated,j.job_title,j.status, (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM candidates WHERE job_id=j.job_id) resumes_count, (SELECT COUNT(*) FROM candidates c WHERE job_id=j.job_id AND c.ref_type=1) ...
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How to optimize a query that includes counts of rows in multiple tables?

My query looks like this: EXPLAIN SELECT ... FROM USER u LEFT OUTER JOIN (SELECT COUNT(*) notified_count, user_id FROM user_email_tracking ON u.id = email_tracking WHERE email_type_id = 4 ...
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message table schema - body TEXT or varchar [closed]

I want to make a small social network. For messaging body which one is more suitable? VARCHAR or TEXT? if VARCHAR how long is efficient?
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Optimize IN clause in where query with order by - MySQL

I am trying to optimize a query that using IN clause in WHERE to avoid file sorting. To make it easy , I created the following sample which shows the problem. Here is my query: SELECT * FROM `test` ...
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How to give permissions to 90+ SQL Servers without tweaking in each of them?

There are over 90+ MS SQL Servers (SQL Server 2005, 2008 and 2012). All in the same Windows domain (but physically all over the world). How to give a domain user (administrative, or other) ...
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Optimize query or model, to get an population overview in time

I think I've got a very simple model and query, but I cannot find a way to make use of indexes to boost performance. I wonder if there is a trick in my model, or MySQL query, to speed up the ...
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How to measure a perfomance of SQL Server database? [closed]

I have the task to improve the performance of a SQL Server 2012 database (one of 4 in an instance) by 60% confirmed by corresponding statistics. So, I need to measure "performance" of the RDBMS ...
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Vertica pagination

I have a query that gives the total number of rows to use in a pagination: select count(1) as total_rows from (subquery with some sum() and 2 inner joins) as as total_sums 1 - when I run only the ...
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Do id columns help (in speed) select statements?

I have a table which contains data from aggregation software. The columns mostly are int columns, but three of them are string columns. It looks sort of like: userId, someData1, someData2, ...
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Join on with modified ON

I am trying to create table with summary of few other tables. All solutions i came up with are very slow and clearly not optimal. Initially I tried with multitude of subquerries but that was very ...
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One or several tables for attributes

I just spent some time discussing two alternative DB designs with a coworker and I'm not convinced. Neither of us is strictly DBA so we may be missing something. The overall goal is to create the ...
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Optimising a query of an SSRS dataset

Consider the query given below: SELECT * FROM ((SELECT c.cust_id , c.username , REPLACE(qs.seg_type_ref_key_02, 'N/A', 'Non Vip') casino_group, ...
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How to index for a group by with columns from different tables?

Is it possible to create an index from columns of 2 different tables? If not, how do we optimize a query that does a group by on columns of 2 different tables? For example: the following ...
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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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Does limit impact affected rows or not?

I have this table: CREATE TABLE IF NOT EXISTS `usergroups` ( `id` int(11) unsigned NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, `user_id` int(11) unsigned NOT NULL, `group_id` smallint(5) unsigned NOT ...
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Mysql Fragmentation. How bad is too bad?

I ran a table status for my companies production site and its showing close to around '49085939712' for just about every table in my database and we have around 400 tables. I am not a DB ...