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Which is the most efficient way to run a particular select query?

If I run the following code: select PolicyNumber, MAX(decpageid) as decpageid, Risk from StatRiskDecpages where PolicyNumber = 'AR-0000301132-04' group by PolicyNumber, Risk I get the following ...
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MySQL subquery slows down drastically, but they work fine independently

Query 1: select distinct email from mybigtable where account_id=345 takes 0.1s Query 2: Select count(*) as total from mybigtable where account_id=123 and email IN (<include all from above ...
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SQL Server, TOP versus ROW_NUMBER

I'm learning about Execution plans and am trying out different queries and comparing their performance and stumbled upon this: SELECT StatisticID FROM ( SELECT StatisticID, ROW_NUMBER() OVER ...
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Speed of MySQL query for the most recent 800 entries in chronological order

I have a MySQL database running on an Ubuntu box that pings 250 clients once a minute (24x7). My column names are: ip_address varchar(16), status varchar(7), timestamp datetime Been running it for ...
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Cannot tune database any further; what next?

We have a vendor-supplied application. It is under support and we are talking to their developers (we have their largest database size by an order of magnitude), but in the meantime, we have the ...
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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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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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I want to know about the IOPS (I/O Per Second) and How it influences the DB CRUD operation

I want to get a dedicated server for my Database (MySQL) which runs InnoDB Engine. There is this option in InnoDB capacity that you can define the IOPS in it. Let's say that I have a SATA 72K-RPM HDD ...
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Does a TRIGGER improve the performance?

I understand that TRIGGERs are useful, as they take care of subsequent queries, but do they have an advantage from performance point of view too? Replacing two or three queries as INSERT INTO table1 ...
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Logical reads amount difference with almost identical indexes

I'm trying to figure out why two identical queries are taking slightly different times when executed under two indexes that are almost identical, in SQL Server. The mentioned query is quite simple, ...
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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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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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Slow query performance due to temporary file?

Here is the query: SELECT "products".* FROM "products" WHERE (status > 100) AND "products"."above_revenue_average" = 't' AND ("products"."category_id" NOT IN (5)) ORDER BY ...
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Postgres is performing sequential scan instead of index scan

I have a table with about 10 million rows in it and an index on a date field. When I try and extract the unique values of the indexed field Postgres runs a sequential scan even though the result set ...
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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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When does an execution plan not show in sp_WhoIsActive?

I use Adam Machanic's excellent sp_WhoIsActive procedure to see activity and to log to a table to troubleshoot long running queries. Why does the execution plan not show all the time in the results? ...
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Help finding join without predicate

Much like a related question by swasheck, I have a query that historically has suffered from performance problems. I was looking through the query plan on SSMS and noticed a Nested Loops (Inner Join) ...
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looking for missing indexes in the cached execution plans

I have the following query that shows me what is cached in sql server: SELECT cp.objtype AS ObjectType, OBJECT_NAME(st.objectid,st.dbid) AS ObjectName, cp.usecounts AS ExecutionCount, st.TEXT AS ...
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Scaling PostgreSQL TRIGGER(s)

How Postgres triggers mechanism scales ? We have a large PostgreSQL installation and we are trying to implement an event based system using log tables and TRIGGER(s). Basically we would like to ...
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Help to understand explain plan in Oracle

I am running a query in some big tables, and although it runs fine even tough is a lot of data, I'd like to understand what part of it weighs on the execution. Unfortunately I am not too good with ...
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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 split this large table into three smaller tables?

I'm designing a PostgreSQL database that will contain information about photos uploaded by my users. All users will have at least one main photo and optionally one or more public and/or private ...
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how to increase speed of this mysql query?

How I can increase speed of this search query? This search bring news based on time and title and text. each item has own factor. SELECT * , MATCH (`title`) AGAINST ('tax in work') * 1.65 AS ...
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Query looks optimal but logical reads is huge

I run the following (really simple) query in SQL Server: SELECT MAX(PK_Field1) FROM MainTable kh WHERE kh.PK_Field1 >= '2014-12-01T00:00:00' AND kh.PK_Field2 = 1572 AND ...
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Sporadic execution time causing timeouts [closed]

We have a table with 100 million records holding 24 hour worth of data of our clients' customers actions (actions which are performed on 3rd party sites and replicated from there to our server) The ...
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How does order of index affect performance in SQL Server?

I am wondering how does order of index affect performance (ASC, DESC) ? If it affects, why ? And which order should I choose ?
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mySQL query optimisation — multiple joins or select … where not in (select distinct…)?

Background I have a Drupal install accessing a large users database (~200k rows) and my "People finder" functionality needs to access all those rows (in a random order). I don't seem to be able to ...
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'SELECT my_table.id' slower than 'SELECT my_table.*'

Running MySQL with InnoDB: I have a SELECT wide_table.* query that I want to refine to SELECT wide_table.id since that's all the calling code needs. Testing it out I've found that the execution time ...
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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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Joining in query decomposition

I have a question about query decomposition and localization, as in here: When joining 3 tables (here EMP, ASG and PROJ) is there any specifiy order, when to join which table? Why ASG and EMP are ...
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Grant users privilege to use QUERYTRACEON 9481

Microsoft suggests using OPTION (QUERYTRACEON 9481) for queries that have "degraded" performance against SQL Server 2014 databases running under compatibility level 120. In my situation, "degraded" ...
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Optimising a query against sys.fn_dblog

Looking for assistance improving a query. This query is used to review the last N transactions in the LDF file and then add some useful information like the user, start time, query text, etc.. Here ...
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What can I do to speed up this SQL Query?

I've created this SQL query with the help of @Dems :-) Here is some detail, I tried to make a SQLFiddle but I kept getting errors with my variables... This works in Sql Server 2008... My question ...
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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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How can I prove that the following T-SQL is bad for performance?

I have recently inherited a codebase with a large amount of Stored Procedures. The system they are supporting is encountering numerous performance problems which I am looking in to. A number of the ...
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Subselect of MAX(Version) takes many minutes, though there are only ~20K records

I have a pretty complicated data model. I can't understand most SQL examples without an explanation of what's being modeled, so I'll try to explain. Mainlines -> Releases -> Overlays -> Calibrations ...
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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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Postgres 9.4.4 query takes forever

We're running Postgres 9.4.4 on CentOS 6.5 and have a SELECT query that has worked for years, but stopped working and hangs after we upgraded from 9.2 (it took a while to notice it, so I don't know if ...
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Are we a good fit for SQL Server Enterprise and table partitioning?

We currently have a production database that contains millions of records (14 million in the largest table). One function of the database is to provide time sheet information so a single table could ...
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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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Query tuning to meet timeout settings [closed]

We have an web app with a 30 second time out on search screens. I've analyzed the original query and added a missing index for one of the query's 9 joins. Other things like expected and actual ...
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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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Is high Extent Fragmentation a problem?

DBCC SHOWCONTIG scanning 'MyTable' table... Table: 'MyTable' (2048062382); index ID: 1, database ID: 28 TABLE level scan performed. - Pages Scanned................................: 1019182 - Extents ...
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Covering Index Question

I have the following query Select Pt.PRODID, PT.INVENTREFID, Inv.ItemName, PT.ItemID, Configid, Pt.QTYSCHED, PT.DLVDATE, Pt.CREATEDDATETIME, pt.SCHEDEND, CASE Left(PT.INVENTREFID, 3) WHEN ...
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slow select query on datetime column

I have a table in MySQL which has approximately 10 million records, and now a query which used to take micro seconds now takes more that 8 seconds to execute! Here is my table structure: CREATE TABLE ...
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Update fields that contains certain prefix by lookup table

I have a temporary table #NAMEOLD_NAMENEW which contains a column NAMEOLD and a column NAMENEW where every row contains the old and new value of a value to be updated. This table consists of roughly ...
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Spatial index not used

I have a table with a geometry column. For one record, there is only one Point stored. A spatial index has been created but queries searching for the nearest location do not use this index resulting ...
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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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Can an index on one table be used in the query for another table?

I am working in SQL Server (2014). I have a table that contains an XML column. There are a well known set of queries against that column that I would like to materialize as persisted computed columns ...
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Finding distinct rows across two tables: Full Outer Join more efficient than Union?

When finding distinct rows across two tables where we can't necessarily ensure are pre-sorted, is it a good idea to use a FULL OUTER JOIN rather than a UNION? Are there any downsides to this ...