A class of issues where a database executes a query inefficiently due to the optimiser selecting an innapropriate query plan.

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MySql - How can I speed up this query

I have the following tables: CREATE TABLE `users` ( `id` int(11) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT, `first_name` varchar(255) COLLATE utf8_unicode_ci DEFAULT NULL, `last_name` varchar(255) COLLATE ...
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Clustered Table Scan Because of “SELECT *”

I have a Records table with over 100 columns and very many rows, and a nonclustered index on 5 fields based on my access paths: CREATE NONCLUSTERED INDEX [IX_Records_CustomerID] ON [dbo].[Records] ( ...
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Why is my plan guide not being used?

We recently ran into the tipping point issue and some of our report queries that used to complete execution within a couple of seconds are now taking more than 2 min because the query optimizer simply ...
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Will these queries return the same results?

I have this simple query: SELECT friend_id FROM default_friend WHERE user_id = 1 And the results are below: +-----------+ | friend_id | +-----------+ | 2250 | | 4901 | | ...
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GROUP BY one column, while sorting by another in PostgreSQL

How can I GROUP BY one column, while sorting only by another. I'm trying to do the following: SELECT dbId,retreivalTime FROM FileItems WHERE sourceSite='something' GROUP BY seriesName ...
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Drastic performance difference in View Dependencies between SQL Server 2005 and 2008 R2

Background I am a fledgling DBA who was hired in the middle of a migration from SQL Server 2005 x64 to 2008 R2 x64. We also migrated from a local server to a colo virtual server, and moved some of ...
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Is there a difference in performance between @date and getdate()?

Usually I use the getdate() function in my where clauses to go back in time. Something like: DOC.DATUM >= DATEADD(DD,-1*SSN_SDO.DANA_ZA_POVRAT,GETDATE()) Will SQL Server 2008R2 perform faster ...
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Take advantage of monotonic columns in PostreSQL

I have a PostgreSQL table with, among the other, two columns named col1 and col2, both of integer type (there are around 10M rows in the table). I want to perform SQL queries like: SELECT * FROM ...
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Pull data from multiple tables in a view or function

There are 3 tables from which I need to pull data, and print it in a specific way. http://sqlfiddle.com/#!15/59481/8 Refer to this question to see how the query was produced. The version in the ...
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Search, filter and group across all columns in a tall and wide dataset quickly [closed]

We have certain datasets which may span 80 to 300 fields, across 300,000 to 35 million rows. For each dataset, we want to produce a web based analysis tool (a web grid) which would allow our users ...
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High CXPACKET and LATCH_EX waits

I am having some performance issues with a data processing system which I am working on. I have gathered wait stats from a one hour peroid which show a large amount of CXPACKET and LATCH_EX wait ...
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Slow SQL Server query using a DB2 linked server in virtual environment

I have a problem with a slow query which uses a linked server. Let me list out my environment first and I'll get to the issue: Virtual Windows 2003 R2 server (fresh deployments on XenServer 6.1 ...
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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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Where to place non clustered index

Execution plan clearly showing that one of my table used in query is useing Clustered Index Scan. From this node, how can i guess that which columns should be part of my non clustered index key and ...
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Poor performance after changing SQL Server 2008 R2 database

Need some tips on what I can do to track down this problem. My client has a modest sized SQL Server 2008 R2 database (approx 6 gigs in size). Last week I modified the database to add new a single new ...
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Same queries, different servers, different exec plans, stats are up to date

I've got the same query running on two different servers, and getting vastly different performances. I have updated all of the stats on dependent objects and it has not fixed the issue. I'm lost on ...
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Comparing two queries in SQL Server 2012

I am comparing two queries in SQL Server 2012. The goal is to use all of the pertinent information available from the query optimizer when choosing the best query. Both queries produce the same ...
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Inner join using an array column

Having trouble indexing and executing a query in O (log n) time. The query includes an INNER JOIN, an ORDER BY, and an equality operation. If I understand the laws of databases correctly, a query can ...
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MySQL: Optimize UNION with “ORDER BY” in inner queries

I just set up a logging system which consists of multiple tables with the same layout. There is one table for each data source. For the log viewer, I want to UNION all the log tables, filter them ...
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Why is a secondary index chosen over a clustered index for SELECT COUNT(*) …?

In this query: select count(*) from largetable; a secondary index is chosen: mysql> explain select count(*) from largetable; ...
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Should I use a subquery to help SQL Server find the correct plan

I have a query (which has components which are built on the fly depending on the selections a user makes in the interface) that runs in SQL Server 2008-R2 that runs in about 100 databases. Users are ...
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performance issue caused by IO?

Just curious to get an issue sanity checked . . . I'm trying to ascertain whether a performance issue experienced by users is the result of the app, server it sits on or SQL Server. Looking at ...
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How to properly index hstore tags column to faster search for keys

I imported a large area of OpenStreetMap's planet.osm file into a postgresql database. The database contains a table called nodes. Each node has a geometry column called geom and a hstore column ...
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Measuring the relative performance of queries given the assertion that “cost” isn't reliable

The cost field is a comparative cost that is used internally to determine the best cost for particular plans. The costs of different statements are not really directly comparable. Source Does ...
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Help with Query. Finding records that have the same relationships (MySQL)

I have a table of Listings that has a many to many relationship with a Taxons table. The table structure looks like this: listings ---------------- id (int) name (varchar) listings_taxons ...
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How to optimize: having COUNT(*)>1

Without considering the indexes, Is there a way to re-write this query and get the same result quicker? select fo.OrderNo, fo.OrderItemSeqNo, COUNT(*) from Facts.FactBackOrder fo group by fo.OrderNo, ...
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Oracle: How to gather stats in a logical standby database?

I have a Primary and a (logical) Standby Database. The Schema 'APP' gets synced. Now a User has performance issues running a query against some tables in this 'APP' schema of the Standby Database. On ...
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In SQL Server, what are the typical symptoms of parameter sniffing?

There is a wealth of information on the DBA.SE about what parameter sniffing is and how it relates to individual query performance circumstances. I was hoping that someone could provide some sort of ...
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Same Query takes 0 seconds on Server A, 7.5 minutes on Server B (same db/hardware/config)

I have a query (sql below) that is nearly instantaneous on 1 server, but takes 7.5 minutes on another virtually (key point) identical server. The estimated query execution plans have one obvious ...
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help required with indexing and query optimzation

After browsing most of the posts and after running out for options I am posting here. I have a table with 76,222,954 (76M) rows. It collects web site traffic based on country. Here is my table ...
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Separate Address Table, Latitude, Longitude

We are designing a DB for a limited functionality social networking application. Users (Registered Users), Retail Outlets, etc are several entities we need to store. We need to store Address of each ...
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Why is query thousands of times slower with DESC?

I have a PostgreSQL database (AWS RDS) and ran the following queries in psql: livenet=> EXPLAIN ANALYZE SELECT * FROM outputs ORDER BY height LIMIT 10; Limit (cost=0.57..36.82 rows=10 ...
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6GB Table - 37Mi Rows - 'System.OutOfMemoryException' - SQL 2008 R2

I have a proc, looping through databases( the insert is in a fix database...the select uses the loop ), making inserts (Will hide names for security): insert into Main_Database..Table(16 Fields) ...
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Slow queries on billions-rows-table // index used

Since I'm a young developer and not really skilled in using databases (PostgreSQL 9.3) I ran into some problems with a project, where I really need help with. My project is about collecting data of ...
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SQL server query is slow *without* including execution plan [closed]

I have just set up fresh installation of SQL Server 2012 on a new server and I'm experiencing very strange performance problems. Long story short, for some reason not including execution plan makes my ...
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How can I eliminate this costly index seek operation from my query?

I have two tables in Sql Server 2008 that look something like this: Transaction_Details: Dataset, Department, Charge_ID, Transaction_Type, dos_month, post_month, amount ...
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Do I risk losing the benefits of indexing if I have an index on every column?

I use PostgreSQL 9.2. I have a table with ~5 million rows and 150 columns. The table does not change at all (I replace it once a year). Users query this table with all kinds of filters on any some of ...
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Store categories in database or use hard coded integers?

An address can belong to either the mailing or billing categories. When a user adds an address to a table, should the address category be an independent integer value set by a constant somewhere in ...
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Efficently Remove 90% of a table's data

I am working on a process to remove 90% of a table's data because only 10% is needed for testing. The best way I have found includes storing 10% of the table's rows into a temporary table. Current ...
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Are there advantages to using temporary tables over derived tables in SQL Server?

I read the derived tables have better performance than temporary tables, but anyway many SQL Server developers prefer the second ones. Why? I must do queries with large data (millions records) and I ...
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which one is more efficient query?

I have a table called STUDENT +-----------+-----------+-----------+---------------+ | StudentID | FirstName | LastName | EnrollmenDate | +-----------+-----------+-----------+---------------+ | ...
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Optimizing a query which runs through all hours in a day

I need help optimizing a query. I'm using PostgreSQL 9.3.4 currently but can upgrade to 9.4 if needed. I have a table with 60+ millions of records which looks like this: ...
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Why does SqlSentry Plan Explorer not give the duration of my queries?

I have a large nasty stored procedure in a 13gig database that takes 45 minutes to run when I include the actual execution plan. I save the query plan from SSMS and open in up in SQL Sentry Plan ...
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How does compound index help speed up query?

Say we have a bunch of column in mysql table. Latitude Longitude Say we make an index (Latitude and Longitude) Well, the index will sort by Latitude first and IF the Latitude is the same it'll sort ...
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UPDATE query with JOIN taking forever

I'm not very good with databases so please keep in mind even if the solution sounds like something everyone would have already tried, please post it because I likely have not tried it and it would ...
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How can I improve this query?

About a year back I introduced a query which returns a sort of "Customers Also Purchased" data-set. At the time it ran reasonably fast however, as of late it's become very slow, sometimes taking up to ...
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How do I count rows with two properties in one index scan in SQL?

I have a table Units where I have rows ItemId, ItemCreationDate, ItemUnitsCount. ItemId is a primary key and I have a clustered index over it. I need to output the following: for each day I need to ...
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Slow fulltext search due to wildly innacurate row estimates

Fulltext queries against this database (storing RT tickets) seem to be taking a very long time to execute. The attachments table (containing the fulltext data) is about 15GB. The database schema is ...
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Why is MySQL ignoring my indexes?

I have a query select distinct id from patient where company_id in (1) and (name_last like 'peter%' or name_first like 'peter%' or remote_id like 'peter%') running on a table that looks like this ...
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Is database partitioning for performance reasons meaningful in a virtualized environment?

When running SQL server on physical hardware, placing database data and log files on separate disks or RAID arrays can benefit performance, resilience, and maintenance. Partitioning the database over ...