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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2016

    Unanswered: Query Optimization Help

    I'm trying to optimize the following query and I'm not sure how to do it. Any help would be appreciated

    This is really trimmed down data I'm doing now but I believe it shows the overall problem. For some reason Seq scans are getting done with Delete that aren't being done with Select. Both of these queries currently don't retrieve anything since the DELETED rows have already been done.

    This query takes 5 seconds:

    EXPLAIN DELETE FROM "RequestNew" WHERE id IN (select from "RequestNew" rn LEFT JOIN "Request" r ON = rn.request_id where IS NULL)

    "Delete on "RequestNew" (cost=1170350.15..1170355.63 rows=1 width=18)"
    " -> Nested Loop (cost=1170350.15..1170355.63 rows=1 width=18)"
    " -> HashAggregate (cost=1170349.60..1170349.61 rows=1 width=16)"
    " Group Key:"
    " -> Hash Anti Join (cost=474049.68..1170349.60 rows=1 width=16)"
    " Hash Cond: (rn.request_id ="
    " -> Seq Scan on "RequestNew" rn (cost=0.00..620147.96 rows=2383396 width=14)"
    " -> Hash (cost=370661.19..370661.19 rows=5947719 width=10)"
    " -> Seq Scan on "Request" r (cost=0.00..370661.19 rows=5947719 width=10)"
    " -> Index Scan using "RequestNew_pkey" on "RequestNew" (cost=0.56..6.01 rows=1 width=10)"
    " Index Cond: (id ="

    This query takes 1 second:

    EXPLAIN SELECT FROM "RequestNew" WHERE id IN (select from "RequestNew" rn LEFT JOIN "Request" r ON = rn.request_id where IS NULL)

    "Nested Loop (cost=1123840.92..1123843.69 rows=1 width=0)"
    " -> HashAggregate (cost=1123840.36..1123840.37 rows=1 width=4)"
    " Group Key:"
    " -> Merge Anti Join (cost=71086.71..1123840.36 rows=1 width=4)"
    " Merge Cond: (rn.request_id ="
    " -> Index Scan using request_id_index on "RequestNew" rn (cost=0.43..658236.37 rows=2383396 width=8)"
    " -> Index Only Scan using "Request_pkey" on "Request" r (cost=0.56..421372.34 rows=5947719 width=4)"
    " -> Index Only Scan using "RequestNew_pkey" on "RequestNew" (cost=0.56..3.30 rows=1 width=4)"
    " Index Cond: (id = rn.i

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Provided Answers: 8
    You are over-complicating the query and the sub-query you use forces the database to go through RequestNew twice.

    The following should be faster (as a SELECT as well as the DELETE)

    DELETE FROM "RequestNew" rn
    WHERE NOT EXISTS (select * 
                      FROM "Request" r 
                      where = rn.request_id)
    Another version to try is:
    DELETE FROM "RequestNew" 
    WHERE id NOT IN (select from "Request" r);
    Please use [code] tags in the future to properly format code (see: on how to do it)

    Also: you should really avoid those dreaded quoted identifiers. They are much more trouble in the long run then they are worth it.

    You should also provide the (formatted) output of explain (analyze, verbose) instead of the plain explain output
    Last edited by shammat; 10-19-16 at 05:08.
    I will not read nor answer questions where the SQL code is messy and not formatted properly using [code] tags:

    Tips for good questions:

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