I have a view that contains multiple joins, and this makes the query run really slow. It takes more than 3 hours to execute this query via the VIEW.

I the copied the SELECT ... part of the statement from the view into a different query window and added the following query hint:


Executing the stand-alone SELECT statement with the query hint reduces the execution time down to 3 minutes.

After that, I tried to adapt this query hint in the original view, and I got this error in SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio):

Incorrect syntax near the keyword 'OPTION'.

So, how can I add this query hint to the view so that the resulting query from the view becomes fast?

  • Please always tag your questions with your RDBMS (Microsoft SQL Server?) and version as these can be very important in giving a correct answer. p.s. welcome to the forum! :-)
    – Vérace
    Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 19:45
  • As a side, is the MAXDOP 0 helping? or is just the force legacy estimation?
    – SE1986
    Commented Feb 7, 2020 at 10:43

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Essentially, you will apply this table hint when you are referencing the view. KenJ from SQLServerCentral posted this answer which applies to your question:

select * from your_view
option(use hint('force_legacy_cardinality_estimation'))

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You can find another definition from Microsoft Documents.

[force_legacy_cardinality_estimation]...Applies the specified table hint to the table or view that corresponds to exposed_object_name. We recommend using a table hint as a query hint only in the context of a plan guide.

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