[postgis-users] speeding up "not in" query

Michael Smedberg michael.smedberg at redfin.com
Sat Jul 24 19:06:18 PDT 2010

You might want to try a "not exists" constraint, like this:

FROM survey
(SELECT parcel_esri.parcelnum
FROM parcels_esri WHERE parcel_esri.parcelnum = survey.parcelnum)

On Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 2:09 PM, David Epstein <davideps at umich.edu> wrote:

> I have one spatial table and one non-spatial table each with about 380k
> rows. They can be joined by "parcelnum". However, there are some parcel
> numbers in each table that do not match. I want the full rows of the
> non-matching from each. I've made a standard (b-tree) index for
> "parcelnum" in both tables and then ran this query to get non-matching
> rows in a single direction:
> FROM survey
> WHERE survey.parcelnum NOT IN
> (SELECT parcel_esri.parcelnum
> FROM parcels_esri)
> This query has already run for 35 minutes and is still running. I have a
> laptop running Ubuntu 9.04 64bit with two P8700 2.53GHz CPUs and 3.8GB
> of memory. Only 1 CPU and 1.3GB of memory is being used. Is there
> anything I can do to speed up not-in (and join) queries?
> thank you,
> -david
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