[postgis-users] function speed

Obe, Regina robe.dnd at cityofboston.gov
Thu May 31 09:13:40 PDT 2007

If you can write your function as an sql language function instead of
plpgsql function you would be better off.  I had similar problems before
and it turned out that writing it as a plpgsql function did not utilize
the indexes where as converting the function to use sql language, the
planner was then able to plan better and utilize the indexes. 

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Christo Du Preez
Sent: Thursday, May 31, 2007 11:47 AM
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Subject: [postgis-users] function speed

I wonder if someone can perhaps shed so light on a very strange issue.

I'm not sure if this is a postgis or postgres question.

I've written a function that takes a geometry and a couple of other
arguments then in the function I simply select from a table with 6.5mil
rows using

    WHERE the_geom && $1
      AND distance($1 ,g.the_geom) < $2

It takes forever, but if I only execute the select statement it's very

    WHERE the_geom && geomfromtext('POLYGON((-180.0 -90.0, -180.0 90.0,
180.0 90.0, 180.0 -90.0, -180.0 -90.0))')
    AND distance(geomfromtext('POLYGON((-180.0 -90.0, -180.0 90.0, 180.0
90.0, 180.0 -90.0, -180.0 -90.0))'),the_geom) < 201.25

Now the really strange thing is when I hardcode the function it's also

Is there someone that could shed some light on this?

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