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From:Dan Nelson Date:July 14 2004 4:56pm
Subject:Re: do i need an index for this?
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In the last episode (Jul 14), J S said:
> I want to find the earliest and latest times in the time column of my
> table internet_usage:
> 
> +--------------+----------------------+------+-----+---------+-------+
> | Field        | Type                 | Null | Key | Default | Extra |
> +--------------+----------------------+------+-----+---------+-------+
> | time         | timestamp(14)        | YES  |     | NULL    |       |
> +--------------+----------------------+------+-----+---------+-------+
> 
> So far there are 324936160 rows. If I do :
> 
> SELECT MIN(time) as earliest, MAX(time) as latest from internet_usage;
> 
> I can see the query is going to run for a long time. Do I have to
> create an index on time to speed this up or is there another way of
> doing it?

Most definitely.  An index will make that query almost instantaneous. 
Mysql won't even have to hit the table at all, and just has to look at
the first and last index blocks.

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	Dan Nelson
	dnelson@stripped
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do i need an index for this?J S14 Jul
  • Re: do i need an index for this?Dan Nelson14 Jul
  • Re: do i need an index for this?Justin Swanhart14 Jul
Re: do i need an index for this?J S14 Jul
  • Re: do i need an index for this?Dan Nelson14 Jul
  • Re: do i need an index for this?John Larsen14 Jul
    • Re: do i need an index for this?Dan Nelson14 Jul
Re: do i need an index for this?J S14 Jul