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From:Ananda Kumar Date:August 14 2007 4:28am
Subject:Re: index, unique index question
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Hi James,
Since your queries have both receiver_id and sender_id in the where
condition and u want this to be unique, just create one combined unique
index on both these columns.

Do this at db level will give you much better options, performance, rather
than doing at code level, which might involve quite bit of coding and will
slow down the performance of the app.

If you create individual index and combined index, there will be huge
performance degradation as there would be unnecessary index over heads.


On 8/14/07, James Tu <jtu@stripped> wrote:
> I have a table that has a Primary key using the 'id' column.
> The table also has a 'receiver_id' and a 'sender_id'.
> I have queries that will use
> (1) "WHERE receiver_id ="
> or
> (2) "WHERE sender_id="
> but never "WHERE receiver_id='###' AND sender_id='###'"
> Also, I want the receiver_id/sender_id pair to be unique.  The reason
> I want this unique key is so that I can issue a
> 'INSERT ... ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE' kind of query.
> What's the best approach to create indices in this case?
> (A) Create an index on 'receiver_id' and also create an index on
> 'sender_id'
> ...and enforce the uniqueness of receiver_id and sender_id in
> code...first do a query to see if it's there then either do an UPDATE
> or and INSERT.
> or
> (B) Create a unique index on the 'receiver_id' and 'sender_id' pair?
> When I create both (A) and (B), phpmyadmin gives me a warning
> indicating that more than one index is created on 'receiver_id.'
> Any suggestions on how to handle this situation?
> -James
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index, unique index questionJames Tu14 Aug
  • Re: index, unique index questionAnanda Kumar14 Aug
    • Re: index, unique index questionKristian Myllymäki14 Aug
      • RE: index, unique index questionNoah Dowd14 Aug
    • Re: index, unique index questionMartijn Tonies14 Aug
      • Re: index, unique index questionAnanda Kumar14 Aug