This is the query I want to optimize:

    FROM invited_member_events
    WHERE (user_id = '422820341791064085'
    OR inviter_user_id = '422820341791064085')
    AND guild_id = '638685268777500672';

I created an index for the guild_id column, a second index with the columns user_id_inviter_user_id, a third index with the user_id column. And it does not use them, it only uses the guild_id one. Do you know how can I create an index so it works with the OR condition?

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as you can see, only the guild_id index is used, not the other ones.

the other indexes: enter image description here

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    I would try with 2 indexes, on (guild_id, user_id) and on (guild_id, invited_user_id). If they are not used, I'd retry (with those same 2 indexes) rewriting the query without the OR using UNION. Commented Jun 11, 2021 at 12:57
  • Are these 3 columns text? It would help if you provided the CREATE TABLE script - or the output of \d invited_member_events Commented Jun 11, 2021 at 12:58

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I added a idx_invited_member_events_inviter_user_id, and it seems to be working.

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  • 2
    From 552 to 531 ms, not much gain. Commented Jun 11, 2021 at 12:59
  • 1
    Please don't post text as images. Especially not images which have cropped off the most important bits.
    – jjanes
    Commented Jun 11, 2021 at 14:44

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