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...for Sybase the optimizer will use a generic weighting when it doesn't know the SARGS...

Well, yes, and that's exactly the problem. Generic weighting simply tells you that you have a highly-unselective index, and, thus, the index will never be used.

This is actually a common case with columns like "status" on task-tracking or ticket-tracking systems. If you've got a database with a million tasks, and nearly all of them are "COMPLETED", but the ones that you are typically interested in are "OPEN" (a small minority of the total population), then, bang, it's the exact issue I showed. You RDBMS will say "I don't know what value they want... but I know that the average value occupies half of the table. Accessing half of a table by index is a bad idea, so I'll full-table-scan."

And, yeah, we are getting away from perl somewhat, but the original post was really about database performance tuning, so I don't feel so bad answering in kind. Also, there are a lot of "grey areas" around perl that folks on this site deal with a lot: CGI, HTML, shell/command-line, file-system, and databases. If perl is commonly used as a glue between these pieces... the line starts to blur a little bit with respect to what is fair game for discussion.

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in thread Use Placeholders. For SECURITY and (sometimes) for PERFORMANCE by jZed

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