[postgis-users] Slow performance when selecting a geometry column

Nordgren, Bryce L -FS bnordgren at fs.fed.us
Fri Mar 18 05:59:05 PDT 2016

What kind of network separates client and server? Conservatively assuming that each point is only two 64-bit binary floats, your 560000 points equals 9MB of additional payload.

If you did something like “ST_AsText(geom)”, the additional payload is much, MUCH larger.

I’d also be interested to know if there’s some kind of data manipulation/packing/compression going on between client and server.


From: postgis-users [mailto:postgis-users-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of David Robison
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2016 6:14 AM
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Subject: Re: [postgis-users] Slow performance when selecting a geometry column

So there is a total of over 560,000 points in the 8000 records returned. I would have assumed that it was simply returning the contents of the geometry column and that the number of points (albeit they take up space) would not affect the select time. Is PostGIS doing something with the geometries as it is fetching them from the DB other than just returning them? Thanks, David

From: postgis-users [mailto:postgis-users-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Paul Ramsey
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Subject: Re: [postgis-users] Slow performance when selecting a geometry column

SELECT Sum(ST_NPoints(geom)) FROM thetable;

On Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 5:57 PM, David Robison <David.Robison at q-free.com<mailto:David.Robison at q-free.com>> wrote:
I am having an issue with a postgis database with the time it takes to query the geometry column. The query selects 8000 records. The time to retrieve the records when not returning the geometry column is about 100ms. However, the time for the same query when requesting the geometry column takes about 9 seconds.  Any thoughts on how I can improve the performance reading the geometry column from a postgis database? I am using PostgreSQL 9.4 and Postgis 22.1.
Thanks, David

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